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2016 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 6: Jarmusch “Paterson” is Worth the Bus Fare

While many of us film folk who attend Cannes are reminded of Jim Jarmusch‘s presence on the Croisette every time we sit in on a screening for a Directors’ Fortnight (his Camera d’Or winning film as his 1984 Stranger Than Paradise is part of official montage of the section’s official trailer), this year is a true celebration of the filmmaker as he arrives with not one, but a pair of offerings. Gimme Danger (docu on The Stooges) and Paterson count as his 13th and 14th feature films. His history on the Croisette is vast: 1986’s Down By Law, 1989’s Mystery Train, 1993’s short Coffee and Cigarettes, 1995’s Dead Man, 1999’s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, the Grand Prix winning 2005 film Broken Flowers and 2013’s Only Lovers Left Alive have all been presented in competition. So how did the tale of a bus driver from Jersey do? Extremely well.

Described by A.V Club’s Mike D’Angelo as “may be the most existential movie Jim Jarmusch has ever made,” Variety’s Owen Gleiberman concedes that the film and perhaps filmmaker are living in the past, but Indiewire’s Eric Kohn suggests in the “filmmaker who continues to surprise and innovate while remaining true to his singular voice.” Starring

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Jim Jarmusch Paterson Cannes Critics Panel

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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