American director Jim Jarmusch waltzes indomitably from one film to another, playing by his own rules. Forest Whitaker in Ghost Dog (1999), Bill Murray in Broken Flowers (2005) or Tilda Swinton in Only Lovers left Alive (2013) would appear to have nothing in common, except for a certain melancholy that seems to inhabit all his heroes.
Often offbeat and always quirky, his characters haunt the lost suburbs of deep America and Paterson (Adam Driver) is no exception. He is not only called Paterson but lives in Paterson, a small town in New Jersey which was home to William Carlos Williams and Allan Ginsberg back in the day. Its tranquil daily life serves as the backdrop for the film, and the lightness of its conversations gives the town a real personality. Jarmusch's camera charts seven days in the life of a poetic and observant bus driver, married to the enterprising Laura.