130. Paris, Texas (1984)

Leonard Maltin's Rating :
Should be :

IMDB Rating : 8.1

Rotten Tomatoes Rating : 94% with Audience, 100% with the Critics

In his review Leonard says: "Oblique, self-satisfied, and slow, like most of Sam Shepards's writing, but distinguished by fine performances ... This won raves from many critics, so it may be a matter of personal taste.

I'm shocked by the "oblique, self-satisfied and slow" description in Leonard's review. In his Great Movie review Roger Ebert said:

"Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas (1984) is the story of loss upon loss. This man, whose name is Travis, was once married and had a little boy. Then that all went wrong, and he lost his wife and child, and for years he wandered. Now he will find his family and lose it again, this time not through madness but through sacrifice. He will give them up out of his love for them.The movie 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. The screenplay was written by Sam Shepard, that playwright of alienation and rage, and it reflects themes that repeat all through Wenders' career."

And Roger said a lot of other nice things about the movie here. 

Paris, Texas is a wonderful movie, It does move at a slow pace, but is fascinating and plays out like a mystery as you try to figure out what has happened to these people.

This is, without a doubt, a 4 star movie. It is, to be sure, very different from most movies made in Hollywood, but that is one of the things that makes it so attractive and refreshing.

A wonderful movie on every level.

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