RasmusS’s review published on Letterboxd:
The man in red cap fled across the desert, and his past followed.
Paris, Texas is a film about family values, facing your actions, loss and letting go as well as the most powerful of emotions, love. Travis loves Jane so much it becomes a burden, detrimental to them. His affection turns into jealousy, obsession and he starts becoming abusive. Tenderness turns into nightmare as one of them feels trapped - dreaming of escape and letting go of everything. What makes this story so tragic is the normality of it and how it could affect their child. Maybe Hunter is not at an age that he would fully comprehend things but many people these days know what a toxic relationship can do to you and your child. My parents divorced but luckily they were able to maintain healthy relationship. I can't imagine if something like this would happen. We aren't shown any of these events, almost like the film doesn't want you to know. I felt it wanted to hide those events the same way the characters do. Travis has almost forgotten everything that happened before. He doesn't want to face his actions which is why when he finally does something in order to fix the relationship between Hunter and Jane, you feel all the emotions their family has gone through. The affection and love that once was there but was derailed. It wasn't emotional in overwhelming way. It was much more profound kind of way that plants so many mixed feelings in the last moments from Travis' message to Hunter and last frame as Travis leaves again. It haunts you afterwards. Is this it? Is he actually leaving? You want them to be together but their past is too muddled - full of pain and mistrust. Yet I couldn't stop wondering why Travis left and did he make the right decision. There is sadness but so much affection and longing in this film. It made me melancholic - definitely had to embrace that and put on some blue jazz.
One of the best color usage I’ve seen - the lighting of course stood out but clothing, cars and sets overall were so vivid and beautiful. That final conversation was brilliantly written and directed and Stanton and Kinski give very emotional performances. Ry Cooder’s song is utterly fantastic. Only bigger problem (which wasn’t that big) was that it felt drawn out.