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“Paterson” by Jim Jarmusch: Trying Too Hard for Not Much

16 May 2016 3:46 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson” is the second film at this year’s festival with poetry as its central theme, though unlike Alejandro Jodorowsky’s surrealist extravaganza “Endless Poetry”, “Paterson” deals in the so-called poetry of the everyday and the ordinary, or prosaic poetry – and I spent the entire film unable to figure out if Jarmush was pulling the audience’s legs reciting and rehashing and superimposing on-screen verses of the sort “Today I washed my feet. Remains to be seen if tomorrow will bring toe-nail clipping”. Not literally, but almost.

Still on a high from yesterday’s jubilant South American mad fest, today the tale of small-town New Jersey haiku-weaving bus driver Paterson (Adam Driver) fell painfully short of the exhilaration that real filmed poetry can arouse. Paterson is mild-mannered, old-fashioned, and slightly dim-wit looking (his naiveté has shades of Forrest Gump). He is also exasperatingly hyper polite, thanking his »

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