Paterson

A week in the life of Paterson, a poet bus driver, and his wife Laura, a very creative artist, who live in Paterson, New Jersey, hometown of many famous poets and artists.


Mystery Review

7 / 10


A film about introspection.
Learned that Poetry doesn‘t always have to rhyme.
He lives in his imagination in the space between people, things and time

Paterson is living like a spectator and not a participant in his earthly life. He moves and exists as though there there is a micro pause or stutter in his rhythm. Robotic. feeds off incidental observations. He finds it hard to find joy. for example he can’t eat a whole cupcake. Even his slow dog is higher in the pack hierarchy than him. The dog leads him. But he accommodates. And accommodates.Does not fix the Post box. In his physical form. Paterson is as plain and predictable as the drab city he co-exists with. But was he always like that? He was a decorated soldier at some time (photo on bed side). Bang to the frontal cortex?
His relationship with his wife is plutonic. A mixed colour relationship where she is obsessed with black and white. Lives off him. They seem to have little in common. she is tactile creative and spontaneous. He is introverted and vulnerable. He takes her dog for a walk and gets rewarded with one beer a night. Does not get invited to sell cupcakes. Little contact. His bedside table is different and spartan. Hers is busy and has storage for stuff. Even the pillows are different. She weirdly like beer breath?
Through Paterson’s deliberate vacantness. the viewer gets time to slow down. I ate this movie in 3 bites. Did not wolf it down like lazy calorie fast food.
Lessons: 1. Dogs can eat your homework. 2. Don’t be so accommodating. Balance.
Bakterrier

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