... or would you rather be a fish?
Palace Como- Saturday 31 December 2016, 10:50am
Running time: 118m
Country: United States
Release date: 23/12/16
Rating: 6.5/10 (ME 4.5/5, DP 2/5)
Paterson (Adam Driver) is a poet and bus driver, living with his wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani) and dog Marvin. Every morning Paterson wakes, drives a bus and composes poetry then goes home to discover his wife's latest black and white art project before walking Marvin to the local bar. Repeat.
Paterson is a frustrating yet cleverly crafted film about poetry and patience. Set in an ordinary week, the repetitive narrative is a slow burn and there's not much of an entertainment factor evident, but there's a pattern in the mundane with recurring references to twins and the hint of a broader backstory that provides a gentle beauty to an unremarkable story. There are unexplored details and layers in this film, and as much as I loved it I'm not sure I ever want to see it again. The performances are very good and, despite how disconnected the characters can appear to each other, there is more than enough engagement with the viewer. The cinematography is stunning and brings life to the harsh urban setting.
Paterson is a polarising film (we don't often have such a significant gap in our scores) and very little happens, but it provides a worthy reward if you're willing to stick with it.