And with his 1984 masterpiece Paris, Texas, Wenders truly explored that sense of saudade, and in turn, doing what Pina had done for him, to me. Even without words or direct dialogue, that film taught me more about men and women and the struggle to love and the pain in knowing love is not quite enough, than anything else I had ever seen. Of course, this can also be attributed to the story which comes from Sam Shepard, who has made a career exploring the duality that lives within ourselves. And recently, I came across a video that takes Travis’ “I Knew These People” voiceover and places it over the home movie Super 8 sequence that usually just plays with Ry Cooder’s “Cancion Mixteca.”
The amalgamation of these two things nearly broke my heart in half. It’s an even more beautiful and devastating look at the relationship of two people deeply and corrosively in love whose own struggles with identity and existence obscure their ability to fully commit to one another. A friend and I both made the same connection that clips like this make films like To the Wonder seem so hollow and disposable. This brief clip feels more powerful than the entirety of that film, speaking more about the strain of loving another and struggling to understanding the essence of being in a way that buries itself inside you and never leaves.