Paterson In praise of ordinary, everyday life, Paterson was made in defiance of the dictates of consumption and ostentatiousness.
Jim Jarmusch’s greatest artistic achievement in many years was a hit at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Despite the passage of time, the maker of Dead Man, and perhaps the biggest rebel in American cinema, is not getting any softer. In praise of ordinary, everyday life, Paterson was made in defiance of the dictates of consumption and ostentatiousness. The title character (the wonderful Adam Driver) drives a city bus and leads a well-adjusted life alongside his loving wife. The rhythm of his day is measured by certain soothing rituals, the most important of which is writing poems inspired by the works of William Carlos Williams and Frank O’Hara. His daily life also involves encounters with an entire gallery of Jarmuschian eccentrics: a drinking buddy dealing with a broken heart or a constantly complaining colleague who envies the title character’s optimism and cheerfulness. At a certain point, Paterson’s stoicism is disrupted, however, and he is forced to rethink his philosophy of life.