Paterson is a movie about a bus driver called Paterson, who drives a route in a New Jersey town called Paterson. The seemingly mundane premise of following the driver’s daily routine – drive bus, walk dog, write poem, drink one beer, go home – is weaved full of intricacies and wistful thoughts. The repetitions become interesting as Paterson (Adam Driver) overhears snippets of conversations and dips in and out of other people’s lives. This, along with its stylish, relaxed and poetic direction by Coffee and Cigarettes’ Jim Jarmusch, leads to an unpretentious, offbeat movie worth a watch.
Also out this week is Allied, staring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. Canadian intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt) meets French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard) while on a mission in North Africa. The two soon fall in love, marry and have a child. Things take a turn for the worse when Marianne is accused of actually being a German spy and Max sets out to clear her name. With plenty of tension between the two and questions over Marianne’s innocence, it makes for entertaining viewing.