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.