Paris, Texas

Reviewed By Chris Parry
Posted 07/31/99 22:46:21

"I call it 'americana noir'. But then I'm a prat."
5 stars (Awesome)

When a man comes from out of the desert, tired, thirsty, sickly and mute, having been walking aimlessly for the last few years, not remembering much of anything, not wanting to, what or who can bring him back?

This film was Wim Wenders big debut on the directorial scene and it was as original as anything you're likely to see. Startling imagery, beatiful vistas, uniformly great cast and a storyline that doesn't necessarily go anywhere - it more just wanders until it finds where it's supposed to end.

It's a superbly framed film. Every shot is art in itself. Every image is one you could frame. Every scene just rolls along. You find yourself being taken on a journey that leaves you just as confused and aimless as the characters within, and when all becomes clearer it seems like the natural progression. Harry Dean Stanton never can and never will find himself in a role that fits him as well as this one did. He is the wandering man and always will be. This was also Nastassja Kinski's follow-up after playing Susie The Bear in Hotel New Hampshire, so it's anyone's guess as to how her career ended up in the toilet after those two..

Paris, Texas is a masterpiece about the inability of humans to communicate. The characters almost never have a face-to-face conversation and while this is at once frustrating, it's also intriguing. The film took out the Golden Palm at Cannes, as well as a Golden Globe and BAFTA awards - why? Because it's damn good.

To say anything more about Paris, Texas would be pointless, as this film can't be aptly explained. It's just something that every person should see at least once. At least.

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