12A
2hrs 19mins

Winner of the Palme D'Or at Cannes in 1984, Wim Wenders' seminal road trip odyssey stars legendary character actor Harry Dean Stanton as a long-missing drifter reconnecting with the world.

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Wim Wenders Retrospective
Wim Wenders
12A
Drama
Contains strong language and moderate sex references
English

Stanton is astonishing, turning in one of his most iconic roles as a lonesome amnesiac drifter traversing the vast Texas desert.

Though first appearing to be mute, it’s discovered that he’s Travis Henderson, a man who has been missing for four years, and who longs to reconnect with his now-estranged family.

Alongside his brother Walt (Dean Stockwell, Blue Velvet), Travis sets out on an emotionally resonant journey to reconcile his former life and reunite with his long-lost family, including his now seven-year-old son…

This atmospheric, staggeringly affecting classic is a profoundly moving artistic partnership between the supreme filmmaking talent of Wim Wenders and the marvel of Harry Dean Stanton’s perfectly judged, expertly understated lead performance.

A mature exploration of familial bonds & second chances, as well as acting as a poetic portrait of America, Paris, Texas has rightfully earned its status as a 20th century masterpiece – not least thanks to Sam Shephard’s skilfully restrained script, which builds in deeply felt emotional intensity, and the evocative soundscape of Ry Cooder’s majestic score.

Paris, Texas screens in a stunning 4K restoration as part of the retrospective season Kino Dreams: The Reveries of Wim Wenders.

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