Drama | English| 147 minutes
Travis Henderson, a strange, lost soul, is wandering the West Texas desert going nowhere. He stumbles into a bar and faints. While examining Travis, the doctor finds a paper with a phone number in Travis’ pocket and calls it. The person answering the call is Walt Henderson, Travis’ brother now living in Los Angeles, who Travis has not seen for four years. Walt flies to Texas and brings Travis back home with him. Walt and his wife Anne try to communicate with Travis but it’s obvious Travis is disturbed. Complicating the situation, Walt and Anne raised Travis’ son, seven-year-old Hunter, when Travis’ wife Jane suffered postpartum depression shortly after giving birth. Slowly, Travis begins to connect with Hunter. Travis is now determined to take Hunter and search for Jane. Anne is furious: The arrival of Travis, his desire to take Hunter, may well fracture her marriage.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 97%
- Metacritic Score: 78
- Cannes Film Festival: Winner, Palme d’Or
- British Academy Film Awards: Winner, Best Director (Wim Wenders)
- London Film Critics’ Circle: Winner, Best Film
- National Board of Review: Listed, Top Ten Films of the Year
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PARIS, TEXAS lacks any of the gimmicks used to pump up emotion and add story interest, because it doesn’t need them. It is fascinated by the sadness of its own truth. Travis loves and cares, he empathizes, but he cannot touch. He does not have that gift.
Wim Wenders’ sweetly desolate desert flower of a film is as acute and exquisite a film as has ever been made about family — a broken one which can only be healed by further heartbreak.
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