After the wild lifestyle of a famous young German photographer almost gets him killed, he goes to Palermo, Sicily to take a break. Can the beautiful city and a beautiful local woman help him calm himself down?
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Although there are important reflections about death and life (or death in life) in my opinion it's not Wender's best movie. But definitely worth seeing, especially because of some stunning visual sequences and the final dialogue with Dennis Hopper. After seeing it for the second time I keep wondering why Wender uses a bad actor like Campino.
Nach 35 Minuten habe ich es nicht mehr ausgehalten. – Als hätte ein Regie-Student zweiten Semesters (Privat-Uni) mit recht gutem Musikgeschmack sehr viel Geld bekommen und einen Film gedreht. Z.B. baut Campino (!) fast einen Unfall, fährt dann rechts ran und tut schockiert. Dann denkt er laut, er hätte tot sein können! Ach was!? Später gibt ein alter Mann (Udo Samel) weise Ratschläge. Nett-albern: Lou Reed als Geist.
Wenders builds an impressive and quiet film, with beautiful actresses, incredible photography, offering different tones of color on each location, in which death takes effect on its important role in life, offering us the possibility to naturally assimilate it as a pure state of inevitability.
Even though it starts slowly (more like boring actually), if you endure the first 30 minutes, it becomes more structured and gives a different vibe that you could not easily find in movies nowadays. The magic realistic atmosphere with picturesque shots blend well together. Great sound design, great cinematography but the storyline is weak.The arts obsession to find a visual representation to death will never end...