in about 100 words or less
US 147m, Colour
Director: Wim Wenders; Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Aurore Clément, Hunter Carson
Paris, Texas is about Travis – a mysterious ball-capped figure played by Harry Dean Stanton who inexplicably wanders from Mexico through the desert into Texas. After he is re-united with his brother Walt, the film gradually unfolds Travis’ back story which includes a son and a young wife who he dearly loves, but had abandoned. This is an unconventional and deliberately paced family drama that was shot on location in Texas. Beautifully photographed, it portrays a colourful and foreboding western landscape, which is perfectly matched to Ry Cooder’s wonderfully expressive slide guitar-based soundtrack – instilling Paris, Texas with a sense of loneliness that is analogous to the plight of Travis and his family who are emotionally destitute and lost in their own country (Klaus Ming May 2011).