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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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Jim Jarmusch
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Driver ... Paterson
Golshifteh Farahani ... Laura
Nellie ... Marvin
Rizwan Manji ... Donny
Dominic Liriano Dominic Liriano ... Boy on Bus 1
Jaden Michael ... Boy on Bus 2
Barry Shabaka Henley ... Doc
Trev Parham ... Sam (as Trevor Parham)
Troy T. Parham ... Dave (as Troy Parham)
Brian McCarthy ... Jimmy
Frank Harts ... Luis
Luis Da Silva Jr. ... Blood in Convertible
Chasten Harmon ... Marie
William Jackson Harper ... Everett
Method Man ... Method Man (as Cliff Smith)
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Storyline

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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If you ever left me I'd tear my heart out and never put it back See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Jim Jarmusch's upcoming zombie comedy "The Dead Don't Die," which is currently in production (August 2018) will star Adam Driver (along with Bill Murray). See more »

Goofs

Possibly a character point, but Paterson tells the Japanese poet that William Carlos Williams was from the city. Williams was actually born and lived in nearby Rutherford, although he is firmly associated with the city through his well-known long poem Paterson, a copy of which is prominent on Paterson's book shelf.in a number of shots. See more »

Quotes

Paterson: Morning, Donny.
Donny: Ready to roll, Paterson?
Paterson: Yeah.
[pause]
Paterson: Everything OK?
Donny: Now that you ask, no, not really. My kid needs braces on her teeth, my car needs a transmission job, my wife wants me to take her to Florida but I'm behind on the mortgage payments, my uncle called from India and he needs money for my neice's wedding, and I got this strange rash on my back. You name it, brother. How 'bout you?
Paterson: I'm OK.
Donny: OK, well, have a nice day.
Paterson: OK, you too.
Donny: Yeah, I doubt it.
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References Mystery Train (1989) See more »

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Written and Performed by Lester Young
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It Is Simple
18 April 2018 | by markkbransonSee all my reviews

I decided to watch this film because of two friends who claimed they did not understand what is happening and that they did not know how to watch a movie. I saw the and the answer is simple. In fact, the answer is in the movie itself!

If you are a fan of William Carlos Williams or a fan of Archibald McLeish (both poets), then the answer is throughout the film. Unlike many of today's films, this one celebrates the essence of a film by just being a film. McLeish offers an answer in his poem, "Ars Poetica" where he asserts a poem does not "mean," it simply is.

Williams also offers an answer in his works: there is an inherent value in the the "thingness of things" whether it is the bowl of plums reference in this film or in the red wheelbarrow.

What Jarmush has given us is an excellent example of what these two poets told us years ago: there is value in the small and simple things of life. That is all this film is about and we are told, point blank, at the end of the movie: the Japanese poet asks Paterson if he, too, is a poet. Paterson says, no; he is only a bus driver. The Japanese poet says, "This could be a poem by William Carlos Williams."

And, indeed, that is what we have just seen.


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Release Date:

17 November 2016 (Germany) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Paterson, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,335, 1 January 2017

Gross USA:

$2,152,738

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,588,282
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1.85 : 1
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