Fri 12th May: Film Night at Pelham Hall - Paterson


(2016) 116 mins

Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writers: Eric Heisserer

Paterson is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey--they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; he goes home to his wife, Laura.

By contrast, Laura's world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his gift for poetry. The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.

Not a blockbuster musical/action/thriller movie then - more a work of Art! But we've selected this film on the strength of the reviews, which have been quite outstanding ... so come and see for yourselves if the critics are right!!

The Telegraph: "Adam Driver's Paterson will be treasured for years." (5 stars)

The Guardian: "Adam Driver beguiling in miraculous tale of everyday goodness." (5 stars)

The Times: "How to speak about Paterson without sounding like a pretentious nitwit? Directed by the hit-and-miss indie auteur Jim Jarmusch, it’s a thrilling rumination on the mimetic aspects of poetry, the inexplicable drive towards creativity and the search for meaning in the most simple acts of human expression. See what I mean? (5 stars)