Tuesday, February 28, 2017


I've seen a few movies by Jim Jarmusch - Permanent Vacation; Stranger than Paradise; Dead Man (with Johnny Depp); and the exquisite Only Lovers Left Alive (starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska). I've always liked his work. Jarmusch is a seeker, and his last two films Only Lovers Left Alive and Paterson say he may just have found what he's been searching for.

Paterson is the name of the town in New Jersey where famous poets and other well-knowns were born, and also the name of the main character, a poetry-writing bus driver.  Adam Driver plays Paterson to Golshifteh Farahani's Laura, a young couple in love. This is a simple story about ordinary people living life.  The world is full of ordinary good people, like all the characters in this movie, and in a way that's really refreshing. The film juxtaposes the everyday familiar and routine with the synchronicity that spontaneously appears in the midst of the mundane. The real world is charged with synchronicity, which might just be the underpinnings of poetry. That, and love.

Amazon Studios funded Jarmusch's new film, and, like Netflix, is now in the movie business, producing films that need to be made but are too small for the big studios.  

Peterson should be out soon in a cinema near you. Go see it.

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