Paris, Texas

Upon the occasion of the release of Lucky – the last film of the late Harry Dean Stanton – Lumière also retakes Stanton’s breakthrough film: the iconic Paris, Texas. Winner of the Palme d’Or in Cannes in 1984.

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This unusual road movie, written by playwright Sam Shepard, tells the tale of Travis, a man lost in his own private hell. Presumed dead for four years, he reappears from the desert on the Mexican border, world-weary and suffering from amnesia. He traces his brother Walt who is bringing up Hunter, his seven-year-old son, his ex-wife Jane having abandoned him at Walt’s door several years before. As virtual strangers, Hunter and Travis begin to build a wary friendship and conspire to find Jane and bring her back to be a real family. With extraordinary performances from Harry Dean Stanton as Travis and Nastassja Kinski as Jane, the film also boasts a soundtrack by Ry Cooder, ideally suited to the film’s sun-bleached landscapes and melancholy undertones (source:, adapted).

Please note: During this period, Lumière also shows Harry Dean Stanton’s last film: LUCKY, and the documentary HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION.

Wim Wenders, Germany, France, UK, USA, 1984, 147 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell.
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