It’s been a year since we’ve seen Adam Driver getting all Jedi like and now he’s turned from blockbuster behemoths to a bit of an art house film and delivers a career-best performance as Paterson, a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey.
Sharing the name with his home town, he adheres to a simple daily routine: driving the same route, picking up all manner of passengers, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him. He writes poetry into a notebook, and after work he walks his dog, stops in at the local bar and goes home to his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani).
By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing; as new dreams come to her almost daily, she embarks upon different and inspired projects, continually and unwaveringly supported by her husband.
A week in the life of this quietly content couple drifts by, highlighting in delicate, beautiful detail, the triumphs and defeats of daily life. Funny, philosophical and profound, Jarmusch’s latest celebrates the wonder in the ordinary, and proves there’s poetry to be found in all aspects of the everyday.
Whether his bus driver gets wreaks wrath with his lightsabre when a passenger doesn’t pay his fare remains to be seen.
Here’s the trailer: