As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him.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.
Two innocent people are arrested. An interesting third person, with broken English, joins them in their cell. On his idea, they decide to escape from the prison. Their journey is the rest of the movie.
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
Characters throughout the movie remark on the coincidence of Paterson (Adam Driver) having the same name as the town in which he lives (Paterson, New Jersey). Paterson, a bus driver, is played by an actor who is coincidentally named "Driver." See more »
It's made clear that Paterson doesn't own or use a cellphone, 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 »
I like how you smell when you come home at night.
What do I smell like?
You smell faintly of... of beer.
[Paterson kisses her sweetly]
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I'm Still a Man (Instrumental)
Written by Sami Kantelinen, Seppo Salmi and Jukka Sarapaa
Performed by Willie West
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Celebrates the mundane in a surprisingly entertaining and subtly life-affirming way.
'Paterson (2016)' is a feature built entirely upon, and indeed celebrating, the mundane. It follows a seemingly regular week in the life of a bus-driving poet and doesn't stray too far from the confines of reality, whilst still managing to have a fair amount to say and packing a hefty level of symbolism into its relatively layered narrative. The character work is nice and deep, even though there are really only two major ones, and the film works within the smallest of margins to deliver its changes and growth but still certainly delivers both. It also feels palpably real and remains remarkably entertaining. It's a nice, subtly life-affirming feature that isn't ground breaking but is sort of beautiful in its own unique, low-key kind of way. 7/10
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