W: Sam Shepard & L.M. Kit Carson [based on a story by Sam
DP: Robby Müller
Ed: Peter Przygodda
Mus: Ry Cooder
Harry Dean Stanton (Travis Henderson), Dean Stockwell (Walt
Henderson), Aurore Clement (Anne Henderson), Nastassja Kinski (Jane Henderson)
Wim Wenders brings his own visual style of poetry to the
screen for Paris, Texas, which is practically a shaggy dog story in which an amnesiac attempts to reconnect with his life.
The film opens with Travis Henderson (Harry Dean Stanton)
wandering around the desert near the town where he was born and subsequently reunites with his brother and later embarks on a journey to find his missing wife, now working in a sex
The film doesn't have a conventional narrative like others,
but instead draws on visual themes and mis-en-scene to allow the story to unfold. It's an acquired taste, but enough people enjoyed it enough to bestow it with the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film
The visual style, cinematography and Ry Cooder's music are
excellent, and the final act does provide some fine dialogue.