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.
Movies are just not made like this anymore so the 4k restoration of this is amazing because it allows an 70's film to be re-experienced. Not just in the pacing but in the bizarre characters and the way current politics and art ends up entering into the conversations as well as in Wilhelm's overly-literary voiceover which illuminate his wrongheaded quest.