“Paterson”: Poetry of the Pedestrian

by Manuel Lagos

Each evening, in his neat blue work jacket lunchbox swinging with each stride, he walks back from work at the bus station. He rights the crooked mailbox in his yard, and enters the little house he calls home. Inside awaits his wife and their dog.


“Hello, sweetie.” She says, curly hair askew, the smell of fresh paint filling the house.  “Hello, honey.” He replies. He is Paterson.


“Paterson” shows a week in the life of Paterson (Adam Driver), a bus driver in Paterson, N.J., who keeps a secret notebook full of poetry. Every workday begins with Paterson waking up next to his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani) and checking his watch. Each workday ends with Paterson walking his English bulldog, Marvin, and popping into the local bar for a beer.

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