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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

Your favorite Angels are back!

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Germany

Language:

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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Box Office

Budget:

$10,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$810,455
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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When Karl decides to dissolve his business partnership, he wades knee-deep through a flooded tunnel corridor becoming wet and filthy. Yet when he emerges from the tunnels, his pants are fluttering around too much to be wet and appear dry, and in the following scene after arriving at his destination and taking a nap, his clothes alternate between dirty and clean. See more »

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?
Lou Reed: If I knew, I would tell you. Hang in there.
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A Celebration of life from Wenders
17 April 2001 | by jdoinSee all my reviews

This film is about passion. A flicker on the eyes of an angel, our brief lives are as unique and intense as they are ephemeral, and time itself is the fire that burn our passions and desires. Complex and multicultural, the film is disturbingly deep as it is light, a contrast of innocence and evil, showing how the Faust compromise can be present and right/wrong can become difficult to define. Also, the participation of Lou Reed and Peter Falk as themselves bring Faust to reality, as a mirror to ourselves. The deeply german Wenders pay a compliment to Gorbatchev for the fall of the Wall, maybe telling us the duality of time, that can be good and evil like the faces of a coin. Wonderful piece of art.


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