Director David Byrne (of Talking Heads) takes an outside-looking-in glance at Texas and Texans in True Stories. Casting himself as the protagonist/narrator, Byrne adopts what he thinks is “standard” western garb and drives his red convertible into the small town of Virgil.
What a beautiful, wondrous and life-affirming movie. It makes one wonder why David Byrne has never made another movie. There is just something so charming and endearing about this trip through Virgil, Texas. It's idealistic without being over sentimental or naive. And, of course, there's the great Talking Heads soundtrack. I want to live inside this movie.
"Look at this. Who can say it isn't beautiful? The sky. Bricks. Who do you think lives there? Four-car garage. Hope, fear, excitement, satisfaction."
Wonderfully strange musical satire from Talking Heads frontman David Byrne. Packed with surreal humor, great character actors - including Byrne himself hitting just the right tone as the offbeat narrator - and some unexpected takes on some classic Talking Heads songs. A smart and unrelentingly entertaining film, a genuine cult classic.