Paterson: Jarmusch Celebrating the Routine

In Jim Jarmusch’s new film, Adam Driver plays the titular role, Paterson, a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey. Yes, they share the name and, as it turns out, much more than that.

Each and every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him.

The routine consists of writing poetry into a notebook; walking his dog, Marvin; stopping in a bar, drinking exactly one beer.

He then goes home to his loyal and loving wife, Laura.  By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing.  New dreams come to her almost daily, each a different and inspired project. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his gift for poetry.

The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.