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A major return to form for American indie auteur Jim Jarmusch, Paterson focuses on a working-class poet (Driver) in a small New Jersey town who practices his craft amidst the quiet magic of everyday life. Transforming the ordinary into something transcendent, Jarmusch weaves something magical from this observation of small-town American life, a deep well from which American independent filmmakers have frequently drawn. Beautifully articulating internal lives, Jarmusch, working with cinematographer Frederick Elmes and drawing on the poetry of William Carlos Williams, is assisted by Driver and the wonderful Golshifteh Farahani (About Elly) as the never less than fascinating leads.

We were excited to check out Jim Jarmusch’s new one but was it any good? Find out in this month’s film podcast. Review starts at 9.47…