As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him.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
There are many resemblances between this movies theme and the often mentioned and quoted poet Williams, who wrote a poem about the very place this movie is situated in. "Paterson" is an epic poem set in Paterson, New Jersey by American poet William Carlos Williams published, in five books, from 1946 to 1958. The Paterson Falls, which powered the town's industry, became a central image and source of energy for the poem. These very same falls also play an important part in the movie. Poet Williams was intent on using a documentary method in his poems, that would mirror "the resemblance between the mind of modern man and the city.", just as is being portrayed by the bus driver's observations and poetry in the movie. In his later years, poet Williams mentored and influenced many younger poets like fellow New Jersey poet Allen Ginsberg. Punk legend Iggy Pop was befriended with and inspired by Allen Ginsberg and in the movie an article about the legendary punk rock band "Iggy and the Stooges" gets a special tribute place in the bar that the bus driver used to visit. 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 »
If you ever left me, I'd tear my heart out and never put it back.
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The kind of movie you wish you could see more often. A pleasure!
Paterson is a character driven joy to watch and see. I felt as if I was watching reality programming about characters that you can not help but root for. I became emotionally invested in the first 15 minutes and by films end was concerned for and gave a damn about all of their outcomes.
The theme of the film is the poetry in everyday life that surrounds us. The triumph's and setbacks faced by real people and how they deal with the obstacle's that get in the way of aspirations and dreams. A breath of fresh air from films where the stakes and risks are larger than life itself. Paterson is a journey in the life of the main character his charming and spontaneous girlfriend and her territorial but one of a kind dog Marvin.(One of the greatest movie dogs of all time!) Paterson is not a generic "feel good" movie but I felt great having seen it!
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