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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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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

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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17 November 2016 (Germany)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$2,141,423 (USA) (7 April 2017)
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Some of the books visible in Paterson's basement are "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau, "Lunch Poems" by Frank O'Hara, "Paterson" and "The Collected Earlier Poems" by William Carlos Williams, "The Fall" by Albert Camus, "The Walk" by Robert Walser, "Double Indemnity" by James M. Cain, "Bambi" by Felix Salten, "Alone and Not Alone" and "Great Balls of Fire" by Ron Padgett, "The Collected Poems" by Wallace Stevens, "On the Great Atlantic Rainway: Selected Poems 1950-1988" by Kenneth Koch, "The Call of the Wild/White Fang" by Jack London, "Collected Poems, 1956-1987" by John Ashbery, "The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness" by Sy Montgomery, "In the Palm of Your Hand: A Poet's Portable Workshop" by Steve Kowit, "Selected Prose and Poetry" by Edgar Allan Poe, "Save the Last Dance for Satan" by Nick Tosches, "The New York Trilogy" by Paul Auster, "I Fought the Law: The Life and Strange Death of Bobby Fuller" by Miriam Linna & Randell Fuller, "Kill All Your Darlings: Pieces 1990-2005" by Luc Sante, "Gone Man Squared" by Royston Ellis, "This Planet is Doomed: The Science Fiction Poetry of Sun Ra" and "Prophetika Book One" by Sun Ra, "The Baltimore Atrocities" by John Dermot Woods, "Sweets and Other Stories" by Andre Williams, "Benzedrine Highway" by Charles Plymell, "I Remember" and "The Nancy Book" by Joe Brainard, "Monk" by Laurent de Wilde, "Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East" by Scott Anderson, "Consider the Lobster and Other Essays" and "Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace, "The Flowers of Evil" by Charles Baudelaire, and "Up Above the World" by Paul Bowles. See more »

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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 »

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Laura: [First Lines]
Laura: Mmm.
[pause]
Laura: I had a beautiful dream. We had two little children. Twins.
Paterson: Hmm.
Laura: If we had children, would you like it if they where twins?
Paterson: Mmm... Mmm-hmm. Yeah. Twins. Sure, why not?
[pause]
Paterson: One for each of us.
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References The Addams Family (1964) See more »

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12 March 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jim Jarmusch's films often create witty, thought-provoking dialogue with odd characters to captivate the viewer. Paterson, however, is ordinary in every way.

Paterson focuses on the ordinary, meaningless tasks of everyday life and the audience waits patiently for something to happen. It becomes painfully obvious that the overall point is in the "beauty" of seemingly ordinary instances and observations. The main flaw is this: we experience this every day and it is completely paradoxical to watch a movie based on this concept when we see these events daily. It reminds me of having to watch Groundhog Day without the protagonist growing beyond the first day.

Jarmusch's direction does not help or hinder the film, but the writing severely lacks any passion at all whatsoever. This seems intentional, but the actors painfully deliver awkward lines that do not reflect natural conversations. It actually felt like many of them were reading the script for the first time while they were on screen. Due to this, the movie pitifully plods along predictably and ends with a mild artistic, predictable message as well.

What Jim Jarmusch accomplished with Coffee and Cigarettes and Stranger Than Paradise was impressive, but this takes many, many steps back and will be forgotten by the time I watch another movie.


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