Jarmusch's first film since Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) sees Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) actually playing a driver. His bus driver is called Paterson who also lives in Paterson, New Jersey, where we are invited to spend a week with him as he goes about his daily business and spends time with his girlfriend (Golshifteh Farahani). He has a dog (not called Paterson) and writes poetry in his spare time – and there is a lot of it.
It is not as existentially torpid as it sounds. Early word has Jarmusch crafting a typically distinctive character study that is by turns mellow and insightful. Driver could probably hold the screen reciting a phonebook, so we are certainly intrigued to see how this suburban dude plays out on screen.
Paterson is released in the UK on 25 November.