Movies by Mills (April 2017)

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PATERSON Directed by Jim Jarmusch Starring: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani. Adam Driver gives a career-best performance as Paterson, a bus driver in the New Jersey city of the same name. He is also a poet, recording his daily observations and thoughts into a notebook. He thrives on routine: he drives his bus route, he goes home for dinner with his wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani), he walks his dog Marvin, visits his local bar for one beer. By contrast Laura’s world is ever -changing, with new projects and ideas striking her daily. The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details. The narrative has a time-span of just one week in Paterson’s life, each day captioned. He is remarkably stress-free and he writes his poetry in his breaks and before his shift. A tell-tale sign of his passion can be glimpsed in his driver’s cab: Frank O’Hara’s “Lunch Poems”. Once his shift is over, he returns home to his loving wife Laura, who excitedly tells him of her latest creative pursuit, which ranges from painting everything in their home black and white, which includes her clothes, to sending for a guitar so that she can learn to play it and become a Country and Western star, or she is baking cakes to enter a competition as another dream for her is to open her own bakery. Laura is just very talented and both she and Paterson support each other’s work. Theirs is an ideal relationship because they accept each other as they and don’t try to change them. Paterson is part of the community, he is good hearted and optimistic, a good listener and conversationalist. He is passionate about poetry. He is a face-to-face person and doesn’t have a mobile phone. The namesake town is a character in itself and in the aforementioned bar, we meet Doc the barman who pins a tableau of pictures of local heroes on the wall, the main one being Lou Costello who partnered Bud Abbott in the famous comedy double-act of the 1940s. This film is about contented people, which makes it a treasured rarity.

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