"You just... disappeared. And now I'm working here. I hear your voice all the time. Every man has your voice"
Four years after going missing Travis Henderson (Harry Dean Stanton) walks out of the vast
desert. After collapsing in a saloon a doctor treats him and discovers his
brother’s business card in his wallet. Travis’ brother Walt (Dean Stockwell)
to meet his brother and has many questions for him. Travis appears to be mute
however and doesn’t eat, sleep or talk for days. When he finally opens his
mouth it is revealed that he remembers little about the last four years. Dean
takes Travis back to his Texas
home where he and his wife Anne (Aurore Clement) have been looking after Travis’
seven year old son Hunter (Hunter Carson) since Travis’ wife Jane (Nastassja Kinski)
left him with them and disappeared herself. Travis has to try and re-assimilate
himself back into every day life and reconnect with his young son before
setting out to try and find his estranged wife. L.A.
In many ways this film reminded me of director Wim Wenders 1976 film Kings of the Road. Both films take place mostly on the road in quiet, almost desolate places with two characters who barely know each other. This film is more about the family unit and loss but is equally as good. The film won the Palme d’Or at
as well as
numerous other prizes and it’s fantastic. Cannes