Wim Wenders’ “The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez” has received mostly negative reviews on this year’s fall festival circuit. IndieWire’s own Ben Croll gave the film a D grade and said that it’s “ploddingly, achingly dull,” and other reviews have described it as “inert and exasperatingly supercilious,” “prettily sunlit but otherwise insufferable,” and “a literal representation of how creatively bankrupt Wim Wenders has become.” An adaptation of Peter Handke’s two-hander play by the same name, the film features a conversation between a man (Reda Kateb) and a woman (Sophie Semin) as they discuss their childhoods, memories, sexual experiences, and more. Watch a trailer and clips from the film below.
Wenders has made plenty of acclaimed films over the course of his four-decade long career. His Road Movie trilogy – “Alice in the Cities,” “The Wrong Move,” “Kings of the Road” – was just released by the Criterion Collection. His 1984 film “Paris, Texas” won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. He won Best Director at Cannes for his 1987 film “Wings of Desire,” also written by Peter Handke. Plus, he has been nominated for three Best Documentary Oscars for his films “Buena Vista Social Club,” “Pina,” and most recently, “The Salt of the Earth.”
“The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez” had its world premiere at this year’s Venice International Film Festival. It also screened at the Toronto Film Festival. It currently has no U.S. distribution.