Archive | August, 2017

Paterson (2016)

5 Aug


Festival darling Jim Jarmusch’s latest offering, Paterson, wont win him any new fans, but it also wouldn’t disappoint his loyal following.

A loose ode to William Carlos Williams’ epic poem about the city of Patterson, which has spawned so many of America’s poetic greats, Paterson is visual poetry that tends to suffer from the mental drift of slow cinema.

The film follows Patterson native Paterson (Adam Driver), a bus driver whose mind is constantly absorbing the details of his surrounds and putting them into words in his poetry journal. His Partner Laura (Golshifteh Farahani) is living poetry; a human symphony of pattern and rhythm with the self imposed constraint of living in black and white.

A special mention must be made of the glorious Nellie, a rescued English bulldog who won the Palm Dog for her performance as Marvin. I would say that my affection for dogs sways me, but it’s clear that I am not her only fan. Her trainers spoke of her sense of humour, something all dog lovers will attest to, and which she clearly has in spades.

Jarmusch is clever as always, deftly weaving in motifs that are fitting and witty, and the film tends towards a very softly sweet human aspect, generously warm and funny without being too obvious about it. But slow cinema will never be everyone’s cup of tea, and Paterson could have done with some nips and tucks even in this loose forum. Still worth a watch on a rainy day, and fans of Jarmusch’s previous works will find much to love here.