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Alice In the Cities Review

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Suffering from a case of writer's block, German journalist Philip Winter takes a break by escorting an abandoned five year-old girl from JFK airport to her grandma’s home in provincial Germany.

★★★★★

Wim Wenders: heroically imbuing pointless journeys with a point since 1974. The veteran director is best known for Paris, Texas, but Alice In The Cities marked his first foray into the road-movie genre.

The drifting protagonist here is Philip (Rüdiger Vogler), a journalist with writer’s block escorting an abandoned five year-old girl from JFK airport to her grandma’s home in provincial Germany. The duo gently interact before a backdrop of stunningly shot landscapes framed in the car windshield, as Wenders’ meditation on a personal and national identity crisis takes hold.

Hardly must-see Wenders, but for fans of his road movies, it remains a treat.

Hardly must-see Wenders, but for fans of his road movies, it remains a treat.