Thursday, January 28, 2010
#136 Paris, Texas (1984)
Director: Wim Wenders
Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Aurore Clement, Hunter Carson
An absolutely captivating film from beginning to end. It's the story of Travis-- who at the start of the film is seen emerging from the Texan desert, recovered by his brother who he has not seen in over four years. The story slowly unfolds as Travis finally begins to speak, eat, sleep, and we soon find that his brother has been raising his child since his disappearance into the desert. This is the story of Travis coming back to life, coming back to his son, and their journey together to find Travis' long lost wife. The plot is slow, beautifully captured, and it seems like every SECOND of the film was carefully considered to be gentle and dear.
I've been having lots of thoughts about moving to the desert recently- to become a true bohemian soul and wash myself in the sun and heat until I am reborn. This film almost gives me that sensation just through emotional impact. At times it is funny, and at times it so beautiful you wish you had a postcard of it. I highly recommend this movie to all gentle souls.