“You really are out of touch.”
A journalist (Rudiger Vogler) with writer’s block tries to help an abandoned girl (Yella Rottlander) find her grandmother’s home in Germany.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- German Films
- Road Trip
- Wim Wenders Films
A cross-Atlantic road trip with metaphorical underpinnings, Wim Wenders’ Alice in the Cities is a remarkable gem of a movie. It features excellent performances by both young Yella Rottlander (whose face clearly registers her shifts in emotions) and Vogler; their characters mature and grow throughout the course of the film, but without great fanfare or insistence. This is an independent film of the highest caliber, a story told exactly how it may very well have happened rather than with artificial resolutions. It’s a treat to watch Alice and Phil’s journey — and their unusual friendship, which never smacks of anything unsavory — unfolding.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Rudiger Vogler as the free-spirited yet soul-searching journalist
- Yella Rottlander’s remarkably natural performance as the nine-year-old “orphan”
- The gradually emerging friendship between Phil and Alice
- Beautiful, contemplative black-and-white cinematography of America, Amsterdam, and Germany
Yes, as an enjoyable foreign classic.