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DON’T COME KNOCKING

Director: WIM WENDERS

GERMANY-FRANCE-U.K.-U.S.A. • 2005 • COLOUR • ANAMORPHIC • DOLBY DIGITAL STEREO • 122 MIN


MORE THAN 20 YEARS AFTER PARIS, TEXAS, WENDERS ONCE AGAIN TEAMED UP WITH SAM SHEPARD FOR ANOTHER TALE OF BROKEN FAMILIES AND THE SEARCH FOR HOME.
Shepard plays Howard Spence, a washed-up movie star nearing sixty who’s fed up with a life of promiscuous sex, booze and drugs. Fleeing the set of his latest western movie in Utah, he heads to Nevada to visit his ageing mother (Eve Marie Saint). She tells him of an illegitimate son he fathered decades ago in Butte, Montana, whilst filming his breakthrough hit. In Butte—once a boom town but now a ghost of its former self—Howard tracks down old flame Doreen (Jessica Lange), who introduces him to his son Earl (Gabriel Mann), a rebellious musician who rejects Howard. Although it shares many themes with Paris, Texas, Don’t Come Knocking is very different in tone. Shepard’s character is highly unsympathetic, and his efforts at some kind of reconciliation with his family are viewed with an irony and scepticism that make the film’s true intentions quite difficult to read.

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