You pretty much know exactly what you’re getting when you sign up to watch a new Jim Jarmusch movie, but his trademark subtitles are rarely as intimate or soulful as they are in “Paterson.” Starring Adam Driver in his best performance on the big screen to date, “Paterson” earned unanimous acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival in May and is set to keep goodwill alive at upcoming screenings at NYFF.
Driver plays the titular character, a bus driver in Paterson, New Jersey who seems content living day in and day out according to his simple routine. He drives around the city in his bus, writes poetry, walks his dog, has a beer at the local bar and heads to bed. His wife, Laura (Goldshifteh Farahani), is just the opposite, ever-changing with her dreams and projects. Jarmusch carefully examines a week in their lives, quietly observing the ways we survive the mundane and create something special out of it.
In his A review out of Cannes, IndieWire Chief Film Critic Eric Kohn raves, “Paterson’ belongs to its director, who excels at capturing the serenity of daily existence and what it means to find deeper meaning in passing moments.”
Watch the debut trailer below, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies. Amazon and Bleecker Street will release the drama in theaters December 28, 2016.