We enjoy Jim Jarmusch’s films enormously and his quiet and meditative Paterson (2016) is definitely no exception. While arguably his most accessible film for general audience, he was able to bring a soft balance to the dominating hectic drama filled cinema. But above all it is a masterful portrait of poetry.

During our discussion we praise the achievements, but also examine how some viewers felt dissatisfied. We also explore the poetic elements of the film and bring up some examples of real magic on screen.

Spoilers: We spoil the plot, so do watch the film beforehand.

Timeline

  • [00:00] - Boring life & essential question of stories
  • [08:00] - Relationships
  • [24:00] - Details of everyday life
  • [28:00] - Other characters
  • [35:00] - The notebook
  • [39:00] - Laura
  • [44:00] - The Bishop’s Wife
  • [49:00] - Poetic narration
  • [55:00] - Poets
  • [1:06:00] - How we look at art
  • [1:14:00] - Magical realism of cinema
  • [1:20:00] - Something light at the end

Movies we mention