7.7/10
11,883
56 user 238 critic

Paterson (2016)

Trailer
2:31 | Trailer

Get Showtimes

In 1 theater near Ashburn VA US [change]

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

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Popularity
129 ( 20)
6 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The story of three women who explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s.

Director: Mike Mills
Stars: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young slacker wanders New York City searching for some meaning in life and encounters many idiosyncratic characters.

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Stars: Chris Parker, Leila Gastil, John Lurie
Silence I (2016)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In the 17th century, two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor, who is rumored to have committed apostasy, and to propagate Catholicism.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson
Forushande (2016)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Forushande (The Salesman) is the story of a couple whose relationship begins to turn sour during their performance of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.

Director: Asghar Farhadi
Stars: Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini, Babak Karimi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A middle aged carpenter who requires state welfare after suffering a heart attack is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario.

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy
Toni Erdmann (2016)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO's life coach.

Director: Maren Ade
Stars: Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn
Moonlight I (2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

Director: Barry Jenkins
Stars: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson
Jackie V (2016)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy.

Director: Pablo Larraín
Stars: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig
Mystery Train (1989)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Three stories are connected by a Memphis hotel and the spirit of Elvis Presley.

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Stars: Masatoshi Nagase, Yûki Kudô, Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers.

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Stars: Bill Murray, Jessica Lange, Sharon Stone
Elle I (2016)
Comedy | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her.

Director: Paul Verhoeven
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A self-styled New York hipster is paid a surprise visit by his younger cousin from Budapest. From initial hostility and indifference a small degree of affection grows between the two. Along... See full summary »

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Stars: John Lurie, Eszter Balint, Richard Edson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Donny
Dominic Liriano ...
Boy on Bus 1
...
Boy on Bus 2
...
Doc
...
Sam
...
Dave
...
Jimmy
...
Luis
...
Blood in Convertible
...
Marie
...
...
Method Man (as Cliff Smith)
Edit

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 to climb into bed with an already asleep Laura. There ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

| |

Language:

|

Release Date:

17 November 2016 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Патерсон  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$71,438 (USA) (6 January 2017)

Gross:

$1,285,412 (USA) (10 February 2017)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Co-stars Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman who both made their debuts in the Wes Anderson film, Moonrise Kingdom (2012), in which they played lovers. See more »

Goofs

It's made clear that Paterson doesn't own or use a cel phone, but when he has to borrow one, he dials it using his thumbs. A person not used to texting on a cel phone would use his index finger to dial. 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.
See more »

Connections

Features Island of Lost Souls (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Soltane Ghalbha
Composed by Anooshiravan Roohani
Lyrics by MohamadAli Shirazi
Vocals performed by Ahdieh Badiee
Courtesy of Caltex Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The poetry of people and places
5 August 2016 | by (Australia) – 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.


63 of 72 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?