Paris, Texas

  • Directed by Wim Wenders
  • West Germany/France/United Kingdom/United States, 1984, 148 mins.

This unconventional road movie is based on a script by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Sam Shepard and tells the story of Travis (Harry Dean Stanton), a man who one day wanders out of Mexico and into the blazing heat of the South Texas desert. Travis does not speak a word and seems to have lost much of his memory, but he is driven by a desire to find and reunite his family: his young wife, Jane (Nastassja Kinski), whom he estranged through his pathological jealousy, and his seven-year-old son, Hunter (Hunter Carson). Travis is helped in his quest by his brother Walt (Dean Stockwell) and Walt’s wife Ann (Aurore Clément), who have cared for Travis’s son in the years he’s been missing. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. “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.

Genres: Drama

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