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“Paterson” is poetic.

Pardon the alliteration, but Jim Jarmusch’s film starring Adam Driver is an ode to the simplicity of everyday life. It also conjures the same dreamy quality of the verses penned by its titular bus driver, who shares a name with the New Jersey town he calls home.

The movie follows Paterson for a week as he wakes up every day to his beautiful wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani), an unemployed artist, and his English bulldog, Marvin. He leaves his small house for work at the bus depot, where he jots down poems before he starts his route. In between, he hears pourings of woe from his miserable shift supervisor.

When Paterson writes, his words scrawl across the screen as Driver’s voiceover speaks the verses, lending them an ethereal quality. Ordinary conversations and chance encounters that fill Paterson’s days inform his poems — he finds beauty in the mundane.

Jarmusch invites viewers to do the same. Paterson’s routine, which includes nightly walks with Marvin to the neighborhood watering hole, borders on repetitive but remains captivating.

“Paterson” is filled with moments and interactions that seem like they’re headed toward drama but take a different route. And even though it’s set in the present day, Paterson’s quaint life evokes an earlier period, adding a thin layer of surrealism.

Laura and Paterson’s light conversations in this slow burner are bright spots, and it’s hard not to smile when goofy Marvin’s on the screen (this dog is a true supporting actor). But no matter how much Paterson’s life looks like sunshine and roses, Jarmusch is grounded in reality. An unexpected conflict interrupts the rhythm to keep things in focus, and how Paterson copes adds to the film’s lyricism.