Don't Come Knocking


Drama / Music

IMDb Rating 6.6


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123 min
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Reviewed by ferguson-6 8

Greetings again from the darkness. Terribly underrated as a director, Wim Wenders has more than a couple of gems on his resume. Most notable are &quot;Wings of Desire&quot; and &quot;Paris, Texas&quot;. Without question, &quot;Don&#39;t Come Knocking&quot; immediately jumps into the same class as those two extraordinary films. Collaborating with the insanely talented writer Sam Shepard for the first time since &quot;Paris, Texas&quot;, Wenders offers up a character study that many of us have more in common with than we might first imagine.<br/><br/>With a rare appearance in a film he has written, Mr. Shepard plays Howard Spence, a washed up western film star who hits the road in search of the life he somehow missed. Admittedly, when the film opens with Howard galloping off into the desert away from the film set, my stomach began to churn as I had flashbacks to &quot;Electric Horseman&quot;. Not long afterward, I became mesmerized by the pain of this man seeking redemption and meaning. Sure, there will be comparisons to &quot;Broken Flowers&quot; and many other meaning of life films, but writer Shepard never once pretends to be writing the great American self realization story. This is a VERY simple story about a handful of VERY interesting characters.<br/><br/>Jessica Lange (Shepard&#39;s real life honey) plays his long ago, nearly forgotten love who has never wandered from her small town Montana roots. What Shepard learns, after visiting with his mother (Eva Marie Saint) for the first time in 30 years, is that Lange has raised Shepard&#39;s son (Gabriel Mann). The focus drastically shifts for Shepard as he tries to make sense of it all. Just to add to his misery, Shepard is stalked by Sarah Polley (carrying her mom&#39;s remains in an urn), who suspects she is his daughter.<br/><br/>The genius of the film lies in the characters and setting. We never feel we are observing. Instead, we are part of the story. Winders camera angles really capture the thought cycles of Shepard in the motel room, at the bar and on the sofa in the road. Watching this would-be dad and these might-be kids come to terms with all of this is on one hand, slyly funny, but mostly intensely painful and intimate.<br/><br/>Spectacular performances by Shepard, Lange, and Eva Marie Saint, as well as strong support from Tim Roth, Polley, Mann and even the great George Kennedy make the story unfold in our reality. Wenders terrific camera work and small town setting with stunning panoramic views keep us comfortable, yet very aware. The pulsing guitar of the seemingly everywhere T Bone Burnett drives our pulse up or down depending on the scene.<br/><br/>This is marvelous film-making and pure joy for film lovers. At the post screening Q&amp;A, Mr. Wenders expressed his enthusiasm for working with Mr. Shepard and creating a masterpiece out of a seemingly little story. We as movie goers are the lucky ones.

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Reviewed by Chris_Docker 8

Wim Wenders&#39; makes extraordinary movies about ordinary people. Whether the inhabitants are important personalities or &#39;little people&#39;, they are always especial because of their humanity.<br/><br/>When I did an internet movie quiz that supposedly answered the question, ¨If someone made a movie about your life, who would direct it?¨ I kinda hoped it would be Wenders. His characters are tiny flecks on a vast landscape, made infinitely interesting by fine observation and untiring attention. Each character is a mystery unravelling.<br/><br/>In &#39;Don&#39;t Come Knocking&#39;, we follow the almost incomprehensible actions of a leading Hollywood actor (played by Sam Shepherd) who absconds from a film set in the middle of the American desert. He is struggling to escape a lifelong persona of drink, drugs and women, but doesn&#39;t know what he is looking for or why he feels life has passed him by. He is nudged occasionally in the right direction by his mother, and followed by a mysterious young woman carrying her mother&#39;s ashes ? and whose knowing smile gently holds back a reservoir of yet-to-be-explained emotion.<br/><br/>Wenders can never be accused of hurrying things along. His movies can be like watching paint dry ? except that when the painting is finally ready to touch we may feel a masterpiece has just crystallized before our eyes. This is perhaps one of those occasions. Tim Roth as the inscrutable bond man tracking down the wayward actor is barely recognisable till half way through the film, so perfect is the characterisation. Sarah Polley as the mysterious Sky can almost make us burst into tears before we have any idea why, or of the secret she is holding. Shepherd plays Howard Spence with biopic-like conviction. Add a score by T-Bone Burnett that seems to suspend time in the desert with guitar chords that hang in the air, and framed scene upon scene that looks like a classic movie poster waiting to be discovered.<br/><br/>Don&#39;t Come Knocking is like one big Do Not Disturb sign on the things we most need to know and that no-one wants to tell us. It&#39;s why they&#39;re secret ? and why we also have to know. The film takes a very long time to answer it&#39;s own puzzle but, if you can stand the pace, the result is ultimately worth it.

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Reviewed by Ricardo-16 9

&quot;Don&#39;t Come Knocking&quot; is undoubtedly the best fiction film made by Wim Wenders since &quot;Wings of Desire&quot;. Wenders joins forces with playwright/actor Sam Shepard and the result is a wonderful journey, in Wenders&#39; best style, of a man who flees his life to search for himself. Howard is an over-the-hill western movie star who&#39;s had his share of sex, booze and arrests in the past. He never settled down and prefers the lush life. Until, one day, he decides to flee a movie set, apparently for no reason apart from an existential crisis. He searches for anonymity in his small home town, visiting his mother for the first time in 30 years and discovers he might have had a child with one of his on-the-road conquests. This realization sends the middle-aged man on a search which confronts him with his own past, the way he has lived his life and what he could have done with it, had he decided to live it another way. But don&#39;t expect a morality tale: Wenders and Shepard are too intelligent for that. True to his instincts, Howard will persist in his erratic behavior till the very end. In short, in an age of comic book movies, &quot;Don&#39;t Come Knocking&quot; holds you onto your seat with a story that lets us breathe a bit of humanity. Wonderful performances, with kudos to Jessica Lange, maybe in her best performance ever. And we still get a homage to John Ford with images of Monument Valley and the large expenses of the West. Truly, a gem of a movie!

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