Thursday, 29 June 2017

Review: Paterson - Another masterpiece on show as part of Tech Amergin's wonderful Culture Cinema programme!

Winner of the Palm Dog in the Cannes International Film Festival in 2016 this latest feature by director Jim Jarmusch is another welcome addition to the superb quality of film being shown at Tech Amergin as part of their Culture Cinema programme.
This masterful piece sees us observe a week in the life of Paterson (Adam Driver) a hardworking bus driver in Paterson, New Jersey, who follows the same routine every day. He observes the city and listens to pieces of conversations while picking up and dropping off his passengers on his daily route. Paterson also writes heartfelt poetry in his notebook, walks his dog and drinks one beer in a bar after his shift is over. At home is his wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani), who champions his gift for writing yet is completely opposite in nature. Paterson is content with his daily routine and all it entails whereas Laura creates new dreams on  daily basis but there love for each other is undeniable and at the centre of this wonderful film.
Paterson is unassuming and simplistic in design, as the audience gets a voyeuristic look in the life of this ordinary man and observes the victories and defeats of daily life. It plays out like a poem in both structure and style on screen with each day representing a verse and enough time given for the audience to absorb the beauty in the simplicity taking place in front of their eyes.
Adam Driver is simply masterful in his portrayal of Paterson and his subtlety and dedication to the role just showcase what a special actor he is and adds yet another top class performance to what is becoming a highly impressive CV.
Overall, Jarmusch's ode to creativity is beautiful (and yes, poetic) in it's execution, in a film that frankly we don't see enough of these days in modern cinema, a low key, emotionally rich simplistic work of art! A triumph!

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