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TODAY IS National Road Movie Day. Or maybe I'm making it up. Anyway, let's assume it is. So what better reason than to catch up on the wonderful Western, which isn't a western at all, but a breezy ramble around Brittany in the company of two mismatched drifters - a disgruntled shoe salesman and the runtish little thief who stole his car. A touch anecdotal, but utterly charming just the same.

Watershed, Bristol (0117-925 3845) 5.45pm, 8.20pm; Glasgow Film Theatre (0141-332 8128) 8.15pm

Paris, Texas is a western, of course, and a road movie, too - it's Wim Wenders' loose remake of The Searchers, with Harry Dean Stanton as the wanderer who appears out of nowhere to seek out his estranged wife (Nastassja Kinski, above). Ry Cooder's dusty, twangy score, and the pain in the creases of Stanton's face, will stay in your head forever. I think it's the last great film that Wenders made.

Cornerhouse, Manchester (0161-200 1500) 5.10pm, 8pm