One of the many great gifts that Lena Dunham's magnificent Girls gave us was Adam Driver. Okay, his acting career had both started and begun to take off previous to the zeitgeisty HBO dramedy, but his breakthrough was achieved playing the emotionally unstable Adam Sackler.

Since then he's gone as far up the food chain as you can go in the Tinseltown scheme of things by starring as the villain Kylo Ren in last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a role which he's set to reprise in future Star Wars films and where his character will become at least as despised as Darth Vader. Not bad for an ex-Marine with issues.

Here, Driver shows he's both unshaken by global stardom and a remarkably magnetic and subtle performer in a film as far removed from Hollywood blockbuster franchises as is cinematically possible. This is a classic slice of indie film.

Paterson is the name of the New Jersey town where Driver plays Paterson, a local bus driver and aspiring poet. He leads an uncomplicated existence, sprinkling his working hours with writing and listening to the conversation of passengers.

After work he heads home to his glowingly supportive wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani), who is obsessed with the colours black and white, and hopes to become either a professional baker or a country and western singer.

At night, Paterson brings his English bulldog - played by Nellie, a deserving, if sadly posthumous, winner of the Palm Dog award at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year - for a walk, stopping off for a solitary beer at his local boozer, which enjoys a varied clientele.

The film takes place over the course of a week in Paterson's well-patterned life. And like all lives, Paterson's is all about the detail. Diver is superb, and director Jarmusch's humanism paints a sublime canvas. (Sm)all lives matter, so be sure to live yours.

Easily one of the most rewarding films I've seen in years. And not a lightsaber in sight.

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