|Kinski and Stanton deliver great performances.|
Directed by Wim Wenders
Produced by Anatole Dauman and Don Guest
Written by Sam Shepard
Starring Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski and Dean Stockwell
Plot Summary: After returning from the desert, a lost man reconnects with his young son, and they search to find his son's mother.
Significance: One of Wim Wenders' most acclaimed films, it was featured in the latest Sight and Sound Poll (tied at #183 in the critics one). It won three awards at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Palme d'Or, and it was even nominated for Best Film at the BAFTAs, winning Best Director.
Thoughts: The film is a slow burn, comfortably reaching its brilliant climax at its own leisurely pace. Moreover, the final scenes of the film are some of the best I've ever seen, striking and emotionally resonating. The cast is small, but quite strong. Stanton gives an effective performance as the muted protagonist, and Kinski is devastating in a quiet (but powerful) supporting performance. Robby Müller's natural cinematography is simple and elegant, providing beautiful vistas and colorful images with minimal flash. While everything works, it's the film's closing moments that really impressed me. This was only my second Wenders film (after Wings of Desire), but it's one of my new favorites. See it if you haven't already.