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Paterson (2016)

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A quiet observation of the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Paterson
... Laura
... Marvin
... Donny
Dominic Liriano ... Boy on Bus 1
... Boy on Bus 2
... Doc
... Sam (as Trevor Parham)
... Dave (as Troy Parham)
... Jimmy
... Luis
... Blood in Convertible
... Marie
... Everett
... Method Man (as Cliff Smith)
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Exactly one week in the life of a young man named Paterson of Paterson, New Jersey is presented. He lives an extremely regimented and routinized life, that routine perhaps most vividly displayed by the fact that he is able to wake up at exactly the same time every day without an alarm. That life includes eating Cheerios for breakfast, walking to work carrying his brown bag lunch packed in his lunch pail by his wife Laura, having a casual chat with his colleague Donny before he begins his shift driving the #23 Paterson bus for the local public transit company, walking home where he straightens out the exterior mailbox which somehow during the day gets knocked crooked, eating dinner with Laura and listening to her goings-on of the day, taking Laura's English bulldog Marvin - who he would admit to himself he doesn't much like - out for a walk to his neighborhood bar where he has one and only one beer before walking home with Marvin. There are day to day variations which are often the ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$69,335, 1 January 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,141,423, 7 April 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,986,483, 20 March 2017
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The man rapping in the laundry is played by Method Man, a member of Wu Tang Clan. In Jarmusch's 'Ghost Dog' The RZA, also a member of Wu Tang Clan, has a cameo and he also wrote the score for the film. RZA along with GZA of the Clan also play a role in Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes. See more »

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On Wednesday, Laura is shown painting the doorways of the house black. However, on Monday and Tuesday the doorways were already black. See more »

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Young Poet: Water falls. Water falls from bright air. It falls like hair, falling across a young girl's shoulders. Water falls making pools in the asphalt, dirty mirrors with clouds and buildings inside. It falls on the roof of my house. It falls on my mother and on my hair. Most people call it rain.
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References Island of Lost Souls (1932) See more »

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Written and Performed by Lester Young
Courtesy of Savoy Jazz/SLG, LLC
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The poetry of people and places
5 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

Paterson is a celebration of the small details in life. A poetic and charming love-story about a perfectly ordinary couple, living in a perfectly ordinary town.

The town in question is Paterson, New Jersey. Home of poet William Carlos Williams, comedian Lou Costello, and one of America's largest waterfalls. The man in question, in true Jarmusch style, is also named Paterson (played with pinpoint subtly by Adam Driver). Paterson is a hard-working bus driver who quietly goes about his duties, all the while allowing the scenery and eavesdropped conversation to inspire his main passion in life; writing poetry. Meanwhile, his girlfriend and the love of his life, played without fault by Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani, is a stay-at-home creative. She spends her day baking imaginative cupcakes and making new curtains from scratch. The films narrative centres around a seven day week. Each day brings a new variation on the theme, and each moment a reflection on two people who wholeheartedly accept each other for who they are.

Paterson is a quiet and contemplative film that sits perfectly in Jarmusch's repertoire. It's a film about how people choose to live their life, regardless of the necessities to work and make money. Like poetry, the words and images flow with little dramatic tension or conflict. Jarmusch explained at Cannes that he intended Paterson to be an antidote to the modern action film, and if this is the case, I'll definitely be coming back for another dose.


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