German director Wim Wenders miraculously accomplished what most American directors could never do – he made an absorbing film about the landscape of the human soul that is haunting, beautifully shot, sensitively acted, and lyrically written by Sam Shepard.
Harry Dean Stanton rises from the ranks of character actors to leading man with dignity and strength as the father trying to reunite his seven-year-old son, Hunter, with his whorish long-lost wife, Jane, played with amazing grace and naturalism by the usually nervous, kinky Nastassia Kinski.
Dean Stockwell and Aurore Clement head a superior supporting cast.
Paris, Texas was a pivotal film for Wenders. For some, he subsequently went too far in his embrace of both conventional cinema and traditional values, but Paris, Texas captures the best of both phases in his career.
Harry Dean Stanton