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Paris, Texas

Director:  Wim Wenders

USA, 1984

“I knew these people . . .”

A man is found wandering in the wilderness in Texas after disappearing four years previously.  He reunites with his son.  The man then seeks to reunite his son with his mother, realizing he can never again be apart of the family.

That is the basic plot of the film.  It is beautifully told with tender care and acute observation.  It is one of my favorite films.  I have seen it several times, and it haunts me each time I think about it.

Here is probably the best scene of the film.  It takes place toward the end of the story.  The man has tracked down his wife, who is working at a peep show (absolutely no sexual content in this scene, or the movie for that matter).  She doesn’t know who he is (at first).

This scene affects me every time I see it.  I think the dialogue is great.  So simple, yet so poetic.  The lighting and the camerawork and the editing very effectively convey the feeling and the emotion of the scene.  The music (a wonderful score by Ry Cooder) nicely compliments the image.  This is a great example of visual storytelling.

I would highly recommend this film.

Rating: 10/10

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