Six days in the life of Wilhelm: a detached man without qualities. He wants to write, so his mother gives him a ticket to Bonn, telling him to live. On the train he meets an older man, an athlete in the 1936 Olympics, and his mute teen companion, Mignon…
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This has moments of beauty I did not expect from Wenders. Owing much to Antonioni and to what I would call a "cinema of the void" (but also to the american road movie, where the meaning lies in the movement and not on the finishing line) this movie is about the distance between one man and the world. His movement will be wrong because it will distance him even more from reality. A movie of a deep melancholic despair.
Bookended by Alice In The Cities and Kings Of The Road, the second instalment of Wenders' Road Movie Trilogy is a character study of a would-be writer's alienation from the world around him. Featuring an excellent cast that includes the debut performance of a young Nastassja Kinski, this largely plotless film is slow, talky and tests the patience. Wenders is a hit and miss director for me. This one's more of a miss..
The film is at its best when it just shows 1970s West Germany, with lush green scenery and idyllic small towns contrasting with the occasional grey concrete infrastructure so typical of the 1970s. There is not much of a story, but rather fascinating characters meandering through West Germany, talking about this and that, without having any plan.