From Surf City to Rockaway Beach to Wuppertal, you're in all these places, never doing much of any importance, just kind of drifting, wanting to feel something but just getting that monotonous rhythm of Western Culture (is there nothing new or old under the sun, nothing strange or familiar, just chattering silence?)—you've lost touch with yourself, you float aimlessly, but then you meet someone as hopeless and...
Some people say that "every cloud has a silver lining" and I guess that's actually true. In another road movie, Wim Wenders shows the vulnerability of a journalist that sees himself in a job struggle to end an important report. But a little girl and her mother are at similar conditions of their lives... The beauty in hopeless moments.
A wonderfully touching yet bleak offering from Wim Wenders. Bleak because it's about a mother abandoning her daughter to a virtual stranger and it's about the emptiness to be found in city life. The film somehow highlights the stark emptiness of a city but offsets the gloom by showing it through the innocent and warm eyes of a child and that of a writer who feels just as lost as his motherless companion. Great film!
Digital restoration, rewatched. The film that inaugurates the North-American heritage and influence in Wenders, for its geography, urbanity and cinema, but also a film that makes with Germany what Robert Frank realized in "The Americans" - a contextual portrait of a landscape, a country and a society in which spaces and people fulfill the same dimension of "topos" and "pathos", being film its linguistic corpus.
A marvel of wandering. Yella Rottländer's turn as Alice ranks among the most astonishing masterclasses in cinematic performing, regardless of age. Sublimely scored by Kraut gods, Can, along with a brief, magical appearance by legendary folkie Sibylle Baier. Wenders's finest hour.
Alice doesn't dream anymore: "Dream? Words like that don't count. Only things that really exist.", but they tell each other their dreams. It's also comforting when you've "lost all sense of your own self" to have someone take a picture of you "So at least you'll know what you look like". Great film.