Paris, Texas

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"A place for dreams. A place for heartbreak. A place to pick up the pieces."
  • R
  • 1983
  • 2 hr 27 min
  • 8.1  (116,709)
  • 81

Paris, Texas is a 1984 drama film directed by Wim Wenders and written by L.M. Kit Carson and Sam Shepard. The film stars Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, and Dean Stockwell. The story follows Travis Henderson (Harry Dean Stanton), a disheveled and silent man who wanders alone in the desert of Texas. His haunts are so obscure that no one understands the reason for his wandering. He has lost his memory, and his condition seems incurable until he is picked up by his brother, Walt Henderson (Dean Stockwell), who takes him from a hospital in Texas back to Los Angeles, where Walt lives with his wife, Anne (Aurore Clément), and their son Hunter (Hunter Carson).

Walt has been raising Hunter like he was his own son, but he now tells him that his father, Travis, is alive and that he is coming to see him. Hunter has never met his biological father, and his mother abandoned her family long ago.

When Travis finally arrives, it becomes clear that he is not the same man he was before. He cannot express his emotions and has difficulty interacting with his son. Hunter, however, finds himself drawn to his father and sets out on a journey to connect with Travis and help him heal.

As the story unfolds, we learn more about Travis' past and the reason for his wandering. We see his memories of his life with his wife Jane (Nastassja Kinski) and the son they had together, whom he lost.

Paris, Texas is a quiet and contemplative film, beautifully shot by cinematographer Robby Müller. It explores themes of loss, memory, identity, and the search for connection. The film's music, by Ry Cooder, is hauntingly beautiful and adds to the film's dreamlike quality.

What makes Paris, Texas stand out is Harry Dean Stanton's remarkable performance as Travis. He communicates so much with just a few words and a haunted expression. He conveys the pain and regret of a man who has lost everything and is struggling to come to terms with it. Nastassja Kinski is also excellent as Jane, conveying both the pain of her past and the hope for a future.

Ultimately, Paris, Texas is a powerful, emotional film that stays with you long after the credits have rolled. It is a film that rewards patience and reflection and that reminds us of the importance of human connection.

Paris, Texas is a 1983 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 27 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.1 and a MetaScore of 81.

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