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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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Wim Wenders

Writers:

Wim Wenders (script by), Ulrich Zieger (script by) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Otto Sander ... Cassiel
Peter Falk ... Peter Falk
Horst Buchholz ... Tony Baker
Mikhail Gorbachev ... Mikhail Gorbachev (as Michail S. Gorbatschow)
Nastassja Kinski ... Raphaela
Heinz Rühmann ... Konrad
Bruno Ganz ... Damiel
Solveig Dommartin ... Marion
Rüdiger Vogler ... Phillip Winter
Lou Reed ... Lou Reed
Willem Dafoe ... Emit Flesti
Monika Hansen ... Hanna / Gertrud Becker
Günter Meisner ... Fälscher
Ronald Nitschke 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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Your favorite Angels are back!

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Germany

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German | French | English | Italian | Russian

Release Date:

21 December 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Faraway, So Close! See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Budget:

$10,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$810,455
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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Quotes

Cassiel: Why can't I be good? Why can't I act like a man? Why can't I act like other men can?
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comedy about the strange world of humans
20 May 2004 | by cindy_bcrSee all my reviews

It's difficult to make a sequel as good as the original. If it's done in the same style, it becomes a poor shadow. Here, Wim Wenders has made something different than in "Wings of Desire:" what I consider a comedy of a misfit ex-angel, to counter the desire of an angel to become human in the other film.

Near the end of the other movie, we saw one of the angels, Damiel, become human for the love of a beautiful trapeze artist. In this film, we see the other angel, Cassiel, become human by accident as he wanted to help people. As much as he wanted to fit in with our world, the more he tried to do good, the worse trouble actually made of things. He often quotes the Lou Reed song he heard: "Why can't I be good, make something of this life?"

There is a cameo appearance of a world leader, when Mikhail Gorbachev (filmed the summer after resigning as Soviet president) ponders the age-old question about the meaning and purpose of life; or two leaders if counting that the guard dog's name is Khadafy. There are jokes about getting lost between East and West, since the Wall no longer was there as a landmark. But there is the serious side at the beginning, of the war and the Nazi past, which is a little hard to follow. I almost forgot about it as I got caught up in the humor of the fallen angel, but even that had the darker side of an evil angel who was leading him astray. Yet the ending tied everything together nicely.

Like "Wings of Desire," there are nice transitions between black and white, which is how the angels see the world, and color, for how humans see things. There is also a poem started at the beginning, about humans being everything to the angels, when Cassiel looks down from the statue to "you whom we love." The angels are just the "messengers who bring light to those in darkness." The poem is repeated at the ending, adding that the message is love.

The angels lament that humans can only believe what they can see and touch. The Wall fell, the tangible symbol of the division between East and West, yet still one driver whose thoughts we heard couldn't see what the difference was between the two areas; freedom can't be seen or touched. Love, the angels message, can be neither seen nor touched, yet that, and not "blood and steel" (as said the Russian poet and diplomat that Gorbachev quotes), is what is needed for there to be peace.


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