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11,357 Ratings

Paris, Texas

Directed by Wim Wenders
West Germany, France, 1984


Travis Henderson, a mysterious, nearly mute drifter tries to make right as he travels across the unforgiving Texas desert to reconnect with a son he hasn’t seen in years, who is living with his brother in Los Angeles, and then on to Houston in search of his estranged, missing wife.

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Paris, Texas Directed by Wim Wenders
It’s incredibly moving, and a great example of how extreme stylization and artifice can be combined with pure, genuine feeling. That combination is so strange and so paradoxical, and every time I see the film I surrender to it. It’s one of those films you can watch again and again and it will always be young. I guess that’s what a masterpiece is.
June 01, 2018
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If you have any feeling for film, the first few shots of Wim Wenders’s Paris, Texas (1984) will take you captive… The helicopter perspective in Paris, Texas would be entirely regal if the camera didn’t gently list from one side to the other. The whole movie is in that initial shot: continental scale and human frailty.
November 28, 2014
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[It] evokes an America most Americans yearn to gaze on. An America as thorny and carnivorous as a hawk talon, as raw and smug as a downtown mural, and as sweetly enigmatic as a vacant lot that doesn’t—that can’t—exist.
January 24, 2010
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