about the girls they like but can’t find the courage to do anything about it, a couple of students discussing history of a local anarchist, and a Japanese poet (Masatoshi Nagase) who admires the poetry of William Carlos Williams and inspires Paterson to continue writing. To the viewer Paterson is like wearing a comfortable pair of slippers and snugly sitting with your arm around your loved one. Paterson is part of the community, he is good hearted and optimistic, a good listener and conversationalist. He is passionate about poetry and writes it in a little notebook and as they are composed they appear on the screen – a verse here and there. He doesn’t have a mobile phone; he is a face-toface person. And Laura is a huggable presence with wild, crazy but wonderful ideas. They are ideally suited to each other. The namesake town is a character in itself and as aforementioned Doc the barman who pins a tableaux of pictures of local heroes behind the bar, the main one being Lou Costello who partnered Bud Abbott in the famous comedy double-act of the 1940s. Jim Jarmusch recalls how easy it was for him to direct and was fun just going to the studio each day with such excellent actors: Adam is not an analytical actor. He is a reacting actor, very intuitive which is how I work and is the same quality which also Paterson has. This couple are not miserable, living in what happens in the moment. Paterson putting it into poetry and Laura putting it into art, painting curtains, doing stuff, making cupcakes. Having such a great amount of energy and love for each other. There are lovely little vignettes in the movie like when Paterson listens to a girl reading her poem. The ending when Paterson encounters a Japanese poet who loves the poetry of William Carlos Williams. For Adam Driver: The script in itself was so strong in the writing. The biggest thing I tried to do was not get in the way of it. Golshifteh remembered when she was twelve watching Jarmusch’s film Coffee and Cigarettes in Iran. Jim Jarmusch was her favourite director. Jarmusch is a fan of Wes Anderson’s movies and loved Moonrise Kingdom and cast the two youngsters, Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward in Paterson. Ultimately the major theme in the film is about choosing your own path in life. The way the things we do in our spare time can come to define who we are. Aha.
A magazine for discerning cinemagoers and filmmakers. 60th London Film Festival Edition.