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Faraway, So Close! (1993)

In weiter Ferne, so nah! (original title)
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A group of angels in the German capital look longingly upon the life of humans.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Raphaela
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Konrad
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Monika Hansen ...
Hanna / Gertrud Becker
Günter Meisner ...
Fälscher
Ronald Nitschke ...
Patzke
Hanns Zischler ...
Dr. Becker
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A group of angels in the German capital look longingly upon the life of humans.

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Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »
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21 December 1993 (USA)  »

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$810,455 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the circus company boat is "Alekhan", the name of the captain character, Henri Alekan, who was the cinematographer on Wings of Desire (1987). See more »

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After Cassiel meets Anton Becker and returns to Angelo's pizzeria, he meets Emit Flesti and Damiel puts his flour stained hands on Flesti's shoulder, leaving a white mark on the black suit. The next time we see Flesti, moments later, there is no white mark. See more »

Quotes

Emit Flesti: Have you heard the prophecy? "In the Year of Hate, when all that is foreign is despised, dark riders will enter the harbor, seize the ship and everyone on it and sail them straight into hell"
Cassiel: I know all prophecy, but not this one. You made it up.
Emit Flesti: What's the difference? It just happened.
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The film is dedicated to actor Curt Bois who worked with Wim Wenders in "Der Himmel über Berlin". See more »

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Follows Wings of Desire (1987) See more »

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All God's Children
Written and Performed by Simon Bonney, J.D. Foster
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Voted "9". Sillier than "Wings of Desire". Beautiful ending.
14 September 2000 | by (Texas, USA) – See all my reviews

Wim Wenders may not be taken seriously by Hollywood (or critics) anymore, but he seems able to pull in actors and musicians at will. Great soundtrack.

Great cast as well. Check out Horst Bucholz (sp?) here and in the 1962 comedy "One, Two, Three" with James Cagney. All the "mortals", especially Bruno Ganz, seem almost gleeful. Only Willem Dafoe appears to be in a "serious German movie".

I may not be qualified to comment on the real value of this movie because "Wings of Desire" is in my permanent top 5. It probably benefits from the glow of it's precursor more than any other sequel, because I really wanted to catch up with these characters. I smiled every time I saw a familiar face.

That said, it takes about an hour to settle in but finally gets sort of serious. Watching this and "Until the End of The World" (also ripped by critics) I get the feeling Wenders was either being lazy or just freestyling to avoid boredom. Looks like fun from here.


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