Paterson is a 2016 drama film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. The film stars Adam Driver as a bus driver and poet named Paterson, and Golshifteh Farahani as his wife, who dreams of being a country music star and opening a cupcake business.
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|Directed by||Jim Jarmusch|
|Written by||Jim Jarmusch|
|Music by||Carter Logan|
|Edited by||Affonso Gonçalves|
|Box office||$10.8 million|
Paterson was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Palm Dog Award. It was released in Germany on November 17, 2016, by K5 International; in France on December 21, 2016, by Le Pacte; and in the United States on December 28, 2016, by Amazon Studios and Bleecker Street.
The film spans one week, beginning with Monday, in the life of Paterson, a bus driver in Paterson, New Jersey. Every day follows much the same pattern: Paterson gets up early and goes to work, where he listens to passengers talking and, during pauses, writes poetry in a notebook he carries with him. After work he walks Marvin, his wife's dog, and stops for a beer at Shades Bar, where he interacts with the other patrons and the owner, Doc (Barry Shabaka Henley).
Paterson's wife, Laura, loves his poems and has long urged him to publish them or at least make copies. He finally promises to go to the copy shop on the weekend. But when Paterson and Laura come home from a movie Saturday night, they find that Marvin has shredded his notebook, destroying his poems.
The next day, a dejected Paterson goes for a walk and sits down at his favorite site, the Great Falls of the Passaic River. There, a Japanese man (Masatoshi Nagase) takes a seat beside him and begins a conversation about poetry after Paterson notices that the man is reading the book-length poem Paterson by William Carlos Williams. The man seems to know that Paterson himself is a poet even though he denies it and hands him a gift, an empty notebook. The film ends with Paterson writing a poem in his new notebook.
- Adam Driver as Paterson
- Golshifteh Farahani as Laura
- William Jackson Harper as Everett
- Chasten Harmon as Marie
- Barry Shabaka Henley as Doc
- Rizwan Manji as Donny
- Masatoshi Nagase as Japanese Poet
- Kara Hayward as Female Student
- Jared Gilman as Male Student
- Method Man as Method Man
- Sterling Jerins as Young Poet
In April 2014, it was announced that Jim Jarmusch would write and direct a film about a poet living in Paterson, New Jersey. In January 2016, it was revealed that Adam Driver and Golshifteh Farahani had been cast in the film, with Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur serving as executive producers under their K5 Film banner, while Joshua Astrachan and Carter Logan would produce under their Animal Kingdom and Inkjet banners respectively.
The poet Ron Padgett provided the poems attributed to the character Paterson, while Jarmusch wrote the poem "Water Falls" attributed to a young girl in the film. The film features four of Padgett's existing poems and three new poems written for the film.
The film had its world premiere on May 16, 2016, at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where it competed for the Palme d'Or. Amazon Studios distributed the film in the United States. It was later announced that Bleecker Street was partnering with Amazon on releasing the film, on December 28, 2016. It was released in Germany on November 17, 2016 and in France on December 21, 2016. It opened for a limited run in the eponymous city on January 27, 2017.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 96% based on 230 reviews, with an average rating of 8.5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Paterson adds another refreshingly unvarnished entry to Jim Jarmusch's filmography—and another outstanding performance to Adam Driver's career credits." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 90 out of 100, based on 41 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive review, writing: "A mild-mannered, almost startlingly undramatic work that offers discreet pleasures to longtime fans of the New York indie-scene veteran, who can always be counted on to go his own way." Eric Kohn of Indiewire.com also gave the film a positive review, writing: "But "Paterson" has too much clarity of mind to fall into a similar category. The story builds to an accidental circumstance that, on the surface, might not seem like a big deal—but in the context of Paterson’s tiny universe, resonates with tragic connotations. The brilliantly cryptic finale explores what it means to work back from personal setbacks to find a new source of inspiration. It’s an apt statement from Jarmusch, a filmmaker who continues to surprise and innovate while remaining true to his singular voice, and who here seems to have delivered its purest manifestation."
|List of awards and nominations|
|Award||Date of ceremony||Category||Recipient(s)||Result||Ref(s)|
|Belgian Film Critics Association||January 7, 2017||Grand Prix||Paterson||Nominated|||
|Boston Society of Film Critics Awards||December 11, 2016||Best Screenplay||Jim Jarmusch||Runner-up|||
|Cannes Film Festival||May 22, 2016||Palm Dog Award||Nellie (posthumous award)||Won|||
|Palme d'Or||Jim Jarmusch||Nominated|
|Chicago Film Critics Association||December 15, 2016||Best Actor||Adam Driver||Nominated|||
|Gotham Awards||November 28, 2016||Best Feature||Paterson||Nominated|||
|Best Actor||Adam Driver||Nominated|
|Best Screenplay||Jim Jarmusch||Nominated|
|IndieWire Critics Poll||December 19, 2016||Best Film||Paterson||6th Place|||
|Best Actor||Adam Driver||Runner-up|
|Best Screenplay||Paterson||9th Place|
|London Film Critics' Circle||January 22, 2017||Actor of the Year||Adam Driver||Nominated|||
|Los Angeles Film Critics Association||December 4, 2016||Best Actor||Adam Driver||Won|||
|National Society of Film Critics||January 7, 2017||Best Actor||Adam Driver||3rd Place|||
|Online Film Critics Society||January 3, 2017||Best Picture||Paterson||Nominated|||
|Best Actor||Adam Driver||Nominated|
|San Diego Film Critics Society||December 12, 2016||Best Actor||Adam Driver||Nominated|||
|Toronto Film Critics Association||December 11, 2016||Best Actor||Adam Driver||Won|||
|Women Film Critics Circle||December 19, 2016||Best Male Image in a Movie||Paterson||Nominated|||
|Best Screen Couple||Paterson||Nominated|
|Best Equality of the Sexes||Paterson||Nominated|
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