Paris, Texas is considered Wim Wenders’s best-known and internationally most successful film. Celebrated by critics, it won a series of important international awards, including the Palme d’Or at Cannes.
This unconventional road movie, based on a script by Pulitzer Prize-winner Sam Shepard, tells the story of Travis (Harry Dean Stanton), a man who wanders out of Mexico and into Texas one day, in the blazing heat of the “Big Bend.” Travis does not speak a word. He also seems to have largely lost his memory. But he is driven by his wish to find his family again: his young wife Jane (Nastassja Kinski), whose life he seems to have placed in danger through his pathological jealousy, and his seven-year-old son Hunter (Hunter Carson). For four years, Travis was thought to be dead. His brother Walt (Dean Stockwell) flies from L.A. to Texas to bring back his lost brother.