Wim Wenders, West Germany/France/UK/USA 1984, 145 minutes PG.
Wim Wenders won the Palme d'Or at Cannes and had a major art-house hit with this moody existential odyssey across the epic landscapes of the American Southwest. "Paris, Texas, aptly titled, evokes something foreign in the American experience. The film is inspired by Sam Shepard's Motel Chronicles - in particular, - the image of somebody leaving the freeway and walking straight into the desert, - according to director Wenders.
That somebody is Harry Dean Stanton's Travis, who staggers into the film on returning from nowhere, where he's been for a number of years. Travis tentatively reunites with his young son, Hunter, and together they hit the road in search of the boy's mother; the dream of making the family whole again finds its nightmare edge when Mom (Nastassja Kinski) is found working in a peep show.
Still, Travis persists, reaching her on her own terms: through glass. Robby Muller's cinematography pursues a fantasy of the American West in capturing its more bizarre reality, much as Travis and Hunter pursue a fantasy of the American family amid the choked violence of the one they have."
- Judy Bloch, Pacific Film Archive