Paris, Texas

West Germany/France/Great Britain/USA 1984. Dir: Wim Wenders. 148 min. DCP

NEW RESTORATION! ► Wim Wenders won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and had a major art-house hit with this moody existential odyssey across the epic landscapes of the American Southwest. Adapted by Sam Shepard and L. M. Kit Carson from Shepard’s “Motel Chronicles,” Paris, Texas casts career character actor Harry Dean Stanton, in his first-ever lead, as a drifter who returns after a four-year absence to reclaim his young son (Hunter Carson, Kit’s son) and search for his estranged wife (Nastassja Kinski). Wenders had long been interested in partnering with Shepard, whose work shares similarities with that of Austrian writer Peter Handke, a favourite Wenders collaborator. Featuring a haunting slide-guitar score by Ry Cooder, and masterly cinematography by Wenders regular Robbie Müller, whose visuals evoke the paintings of Edward Hopper as well as the films of John Ford, Paris, Texas is one of Wenders’s finest achievements.


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★★★★ "The movie lacks any of the gimmicks used to pump up emotion and add story interest, because it doesn't need them: It is fascinated by the sadness of its own truth."

Roger Ebert | full review