Paterson is a film by Jim Jarmusch that was released in 2016. It stars Adam Driver as a soulful bus driver and the movie’s focus is a character study of this otherwise unremarkable person. It is filled with charm and humour in a film that doesn’t feature car chases, violence or guns. This Paterson movie review notes that while this film has almost no plot, aside from moments of home life shown between scenes of driving the bus, the film nonetheless explores deep themes.
This film describes world where people hope to achieve success in chess and cupcakes rather than creating the next unicorn and making a billion dollars. Driver gives a deep, meditative performance and his modernist poetry, that runs throughout the film, which sounds silly at the start, begins to seem profound by movie’s end where the audience is invited to consider our common humanity.