Paris, Texas ★★★★½

And for the first time, he wished he were far away. Lost in a deep, vast country where nobody knew him. Somewhere without language, or streets. He dreamed about this place without knowing its name. And when he woke up, he was on fire.

My God, I was completely unprepared for the third act of this film. The emotional setup is laid out in such a slow and methodical way for 2 hours plus, distracting you with beautiful cinematography, iconic scenery, and a mysterious backstory, and then Bam! one scene just rips open your gut and leaves you bawling on the floor. Harry Dean Stanton gives what has since become the prototypical Harry Dean Stanton performance for 2 acts, and then he somehow transforms himself in one monologue into an unstoppable force of emotion. I’m wrecked. Needless to say, this film is Highly Recommended.

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