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Jim Jarmusch is one of the most unique and enigmatic filmmakers to emerge from America over the past several decades. With cult classic films under his belt like Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and Broken Flowers, he’s one of the more unpredictable writers and directors of his generation and this year he returns to the big screen with Gimme Danger and Paterson. Where the former is a rock ‘n roll documentary about The Stooges, the latter is a compassionate and sublime film about the life of a quietly brilliant poet living as a bus driver in present day Paterson, New Jersey.

Adam Driver plays the titular bus driver, who in between his driving shifts and during his lunch breaks comes up with new, beautiful poems each day in his notebook. And that’s about it. There’s nothing else to the plot of Paterson, and it’s in the film’s simplicity that it finds its occasional magic. For every day of the week, we watch Paterson through each step of his life. From waking up next to his girlfriend, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani), to driving around town on the bus, taking his lunch break by the town’s local waterfall, coming home to Laura, and then taking Laura’s grumpy dog for a walk to the bar so Paterson can have his nightly beer and conversation with the bartender, Doc (Barry Shabaka Henley).

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