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Paris, Texas


Roger Davidson

Paris, Texas
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One of German director Wim Wenders' many great movies, this won the coveted Palme d'Or award at Cannes. It involves a drifter (Harry Dean Stanton), who has been lost in the wilderness of Texas for four years. He has lost all memory of his former life. Then, he comes to a small town in the desert, where Stanton's brother (Dean Stockwell) finds him. Stockwell returns to his home in LA with his long lost brother in tow. Stanton is meanwhile beginning to remember who he is and what he has done in the past. He knows he must search for his wife and son. He finds his son (Hunter Carson) in the custody of Stockwell and his wife (Aurore Clement). He finds his wife (Nastassja Kinski) in a sleazy strip joint in Houston. However, despite these problems, he attempts to reconcile with Carson and Kinski and bring them together again.

A most compelling drama, with some of the most amazing work ever done by filmaker Wenders, screenwriter Sam Shepard and the cast, such as Stockwell and Stanton. Kinski comes off amazingly fine and young Carson gives one of the best juvenile performances to date. The cinematography, capturing the desolation of the American southwest, is simply breathtaking. It's a tad slow, but it is something you should not miss.

My Rating = Four Stars

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