Hero (1983)

Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - Germany , United Kingdom   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka

In a symbolic journey to nowhere, though ironically from a large West-coast city in the U.S. to a town called "Truth or Consequences" in New Mexico, a group of people in a Yellow Cab define the malaise to be found in late 20th-century America. Paul is a handicapped teen who seems to be a victim of social stigma. He is joined in the cab by a few other people, including a Japanese woman who rarely speaks -- but when she does it is in perfect English and a Mexican cab driver -- another woman who falls in the same "minority" category as the Japanese. Paul says both are his sisters. As the cab wanders through the desert, isolation is brought solidly into view as a player in this drama. The talkative American cowboy also on this trip does not have a clue as to where they are, and he carries a suitcase that contains mysterious "information" on the U.S. This incongruous group of wanderers is joined by a Native American who reaches out to Paul by telling him an allegorical story about a mouse who was transformed by his aspiration to become an eagle. Enhanced by visually poetic images that match the clear symbolism in each characterization, this film may not be for all audiences, but it will be appreciated by most.



isolation, teenagers