We move through life and are drawn into encounters with wonderful characters and strange places—why do they leave us empty? Why is life's potential richness lost on us? Why do we, who once were so moved by minutiae, gaze upon a colorful world blankly, find engagement impossible? Tell us there is some escape!
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.