Written by Eleanor.
Travis (Harry Dean Stanton) disappeared for four years and he was aimlessly wandering around the desert of Texas. When his brother, Walt (Dean Stockwell), finds Travis’ traces, he brings him back home in an attempt to help Travis get his pieces together. Being completely disoriented and lost in his thoughts and his grief, Travis spends his days emotionally isolated and he avoids human interaction. Once he recovers, he is determined to reunite with his son and to find his wife as well as his own identity.
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Starting a long road trip with his son in order to find his wife, Travis gradually develops the long-lost bonding between father and son. In his search of his wife’s traces, Travis ends up at a peep show club, where the customers sit behind a one-way glass and they express their desires to the strippers through a telephone. Travis’ wife, Jane (Nastassja Kinski), works in this club as a stripper and Travis visits her but she is not aware of that.
When Travis is ready to confront her, he stands behind the one-way glass, picks up the telephone and narrates their passionate love story, their moments of happiness and how they were led to the destruction. Jane, a free-spirited woman and Travis, a husband blinded by his jealousy were passionately united and violently separated. One of the most heart-breaking scenes set in the most unconventional and anti-romantic environment. Intense emotions, which are covered by the simplicity of narration, are gradually exposed and finally burst during the narration of Travis.
A long road trip that serves as a metaphorical journey of Travis towards atonement and self-awareness. A journey that is needed in order to restore his life, get his pieces together and get rid of his ghosts. Travis and his story urge us to confront ourselves and our mistakes and remind us that no matter how hard it is, we have to go out there, live our own journey and reach self-awareness and happiness. Travis learns that the happy as well as the sad moments will always unite us no matter what and since the past cannot be erased, we should seize the moment and try our best to create a better present and a better future.
Now, I am not going to reveal whether Travis and Jane had a second chance. And remember! Sometimes the most important thing is not the destination but the journey itself.