Palermo Shooting ★★

Despite some stimulating Bazinian ideas about the digital image, this philosophical wallow is overexplicit and banal. A fashion photographer is inspired by his spirit animal (Lou Reed) to seek out purpose after a near-Death experience. The results are meant to reject artifice and reveal deep meaning, but Wenders’ aestheticized romp in Italy just feel like more fashion. Composed with an insistent soundtrack and a photographer’s eye, Palermo Shooting is too moody to feel like it’s completely wasting your time, but the script surely tries.