Paris, Texas ★★★★½

"And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them."

Thus, did Moses wander the desert for 40 years. And though he was allowed to see the promised land, he was not able to enter it. His only solace was leading others to it, that they might enter and lead a better life than him.

***

Wenders and Stanton wiped me out with this one. Hopefully I'll one day flesh out the correlations implied above, but for now, the possibility that Wenders has so masterfully woven analogies to the Torah in such a secular-feeling piece leaves me excited and weary. I won't bore you by gushing over the character dynamics, use of color, and that melancholy, magnificent Ry Cooder score, but I will say that Paris, Texas is a film that is darn near perfect, and perfectly unassuming.

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