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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 118 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
The bus driver Paterson (Adam Driver) lives in a small town that has the same name as him. Every day on his tours he gets inspired by the passengers and the city for his poems, which he writes down in his lunch break. His days run according to the same pattern, while his wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani) is driven by the desire for constant change. Paterson affectionately supports her in all her ambitions while promoting his talent for poetry. It is a perfect symbiosis that seems truly unshakeable…
With "Paterson" Jim Jarmusch takes a very unagitated look at seven days in the life of Paterson and Laura. He does this in his typical mix of extreme slowness, laconic humour and bizarre characters. A real story is not told. Although there are some small changes towards the end, the characters don't really develop any further in the course of the very tough two hours. There are no dramatic highlights either. Only a few snapshots, some of them repetitive or only slightly varying. There are some really great moments, but all in all "Paterson" is one thing above all else: extremely exhausting.
When the young bus driver recites his not really good poems again and again during his daily tours in the Voice-Over Commentary, it gets on one's nerves at the latest on the third day. And Laura's ever new craziness, which seems charming at first, quickly loses its charm. Of course, you can interpret a lot into many scenes and of course into the movie itself. And if you love Jim Jarmusch, you're guaranteed to think "Paterson" is a masterpiece. But those who like to have real stories told in the cinema and want to see more than just minimalist facial expressions and the same motifs in permanent rotation, are close to despair with Paterson and Laura on Thursday of the week at the latest.
The moments in which true genius shines through or in which wonderfully unadjusted humor comes to light don't change anything either. Therefore, this film is really only for hardcore Jim Jarmusch fans and intrepid arthouse cinema lovers. For everyone else, there are really better and, above all, cheaper ways to get bored. And therefore there is also only with clear restrictions a restrained one: Worth seeing
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