Daily routines are integral to the life of Paterson (Adam Driver). Each morning he goes to his job driving a New Jersey bus (in a city also named Paterson), and each night he walks his dog and goes to the same bar for a beer. Paterson also writes poetry, and his wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani) is constantly encouraging him to do more with his poems (whilst Paterson is content, structured, and unambitious, Laura is almost laughably impulsive and ambitious). We spend a week with Paterson, focusing on his routines and his poetry, and showing how he finds inspiration and artistry in the everyday. Jim Jarmusch is renowned for the understated beauty, everyday magic and deadpan humour of his films, all used to great effect here.
“An exquisitely uncluttered film about commonplace clutter.” — Trafic