in about 100 words or less
US 122m, Colour
Director: Wim Wenders; Cast: Sam Shepard, Jessica Lange, Tim Roth, Gabriel Mann, Sarah Polley, Fairuza Balk, Eva Marie Saint
Howard Spence is an aging and unpleasant Hollywood actor who has spent a lifetime living a selfish life and running from responsibility and commitment, only to find himself alienated from everyone he has ever known. Upon this realization, he abandons the set of his latest western movie on horseback in an attempt to find himself and figure out what happened to his life. Howard’s situation is further complicated when he learns of children he has fathered with two women during the early days of his film career. In attempting to reconnect with the mother of his son, and a daughter from another relationship, he realizes that his happiness will take more than a visit to re-establish any meaningful connections. Beautifully filmed and set to a score reminiscent of Paris Texas (1984), Don’t Come Knocking is a bittersweet and emotional drama which slowly unfolds revealing its rich characters in everyday situations (Klaus Ming June 2011).