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Paris, Texas (1984)

27 Sep

A man wakes up in the Texan desert, and seems to wander around endlessly amongst the dirt, rocks and infinite countryside.

For much of Paris, Texas this is all we know.  Who is this man? What has he been doing all this time in the desert? What is so special about Paris, Texas anyway?

This is a very simple film, but also very engaging in that it asked us to ask questions. Paris, Texas is so brilliant because it is so simple. There are no distractions; no car chases, no fight scenes, no gimmicks – just pure emotion and engrossing storytelling.

It is a very personal story, with great and memorable characters who are relatable and unpredictable.  Paris, Texas also works because it has some of the best film acting and natural cinematography I have ever seen.

At 147 minutes long, the film is a bit of stretch, and it does get a bit uncomfortably lengthy at the end, but Paris, Texas is simply a brilliant and well-made film.  Wim Wenders knows how to grab people’s emotions, and he does so effortlessly with this film.

rating 8/10