PATERSON, N.J. -- The late-December film "Paterson" features a bus driver in Paterson who is also, really really, named Paterson.
And the movie couldn't be more of a character shift for the film's star, Adam Driver, going from temper-tantrum-prone Kylo Ren, in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," to the mild-mannered Paterson, who keeps a mostly-secret notebook of poetry.
The A.V. Club calls the movie both "a sublimely mellow comedy about everyday life" and an "ode to ordinary living."
Director Jim Jarmusch told the Hollywood Reporter he'd contemplated this movie for nearly two decades, following a trip to the city one day. Paterson is the hometown of one of Jarmusch's favorite poets, you see, and the trip stirred up thoughts of a "working-class poet."
"'Paterson' is beautiful in that obviously it celebrates simplicity and it's the antidote to heavy action, heavy drama, crisis," Driver told IndieWire. "I think that was a beautiful -- and maybe it's an overused way to describe something -- beautiful character to live in for a couple months."
The actor also isn't just acting at driving a bus: he actually trained with real wanna-be bus drivers in New York City and even got his license. And the film is authentic in its filming location: Paterson, of course.
Driver's character here is also far removed from that of another recent role, in Martin Scorsese's new film "Silence," which has also been a long time coming.
"Paterson" will come out in limited release next Wednesday, Dec. 28.
It's already gathered acclaim by critics. It was widely praised after its showings at the Cannes Film Festival and others, and it -- or Driver, himself -- may well be an awards contender, this season.