Wim Wenders, West Germany, 1975. 103 mins
A free adaptation of Goethe's Wilhelm Meister (1795), Wim Wender's Wrong Movement from a script by novelist Peter Handke has a haunting quality, that refers more to the present than the past... Like Wilhelm Meister, facing the world to find his 'ich' 180 years ago, the Wenders-Handke journey begins in Kiel to roam along the Rhine amid poetic, natural beauty until finally the Zugspitze is reached.
Wilhelm's companions are the rational Therese, who challenges his dreams of becoming a writer with hard, feminine tact; the bisexual, provocative Mignon in company with the mouth-harp player Laertes; and the corpulent, bumbling Austrian poet Landau. These figures reflect portions of the German soul in subtle, varying degrees of thought and feeling...
The group stays overnight in the castle quarters of an industrialist; after an evening of analysing dreams and the next day a poetic discussion through a hillside vineyard (in a remarkable single take), the group returns home to find their host has hung himself. The film is filled with many such disturbing, probing and deftly executed sequences.
One of this year's most highly acclaimed and awarded films, it takes laurels in every phase of production. The single drawback is that it's probably too German to be grasped by uninitiated audiences.
- Ron Holloway, Variety, 1975