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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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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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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It is a wonderful movie about time , angels and how wonderful is it to be a human being
8 March 2000 | by FirasSee all my reviews

I can say this movie is one of the best movies I have ever watched (and I watched a lot of them). The roles were very well interpreted by good actors. Even when they are no actors at all, as Mikhail Gorbachyov who appears in a scene. Many things make this movie special. In it five languages are being spoken. Nevertheless it doesn't really matter. The protagonists can understand what is being said as though language difference is not that relevant for humans to understand each other. The pictures are the usual great Wim Wenders pictures. Black and white pictures indicate the coolness of the world of angels while colors indicate how colorful the world could be for humans (if they can see it!). It is an analysis of the relationship of man with the world around. Humans think that they are controlling the world, but the world is controlling their lives in fact. It shows how blind we can be in contemplating the beauty of the world around us. In this matter one could mention the movie called "The awakenings" (1990) although the two movies are in most aspects different. It is a movie about an angel who wants to become human in order to be able to understand humans, and how he gets into a complicated life. It helps a lot to see "The wings of desire" where the story between angels and humans started. Some things are hard to understand when you don't know the first movie. This movie is also an analysis of time. Emit Flesti (read backward Time itself) is a very interesting character that can communicate with both angels and humans, and who speaks about almost always about time and its meaning. For me he was also a mix of Lucifer and the death angel as well. The background of the whole story is Berlin after the fall of the wall, whereas "The wings of desire" took place before the end of the cold war.

This movie makes a genius use of fantasy to analyze our lives. Its main message is : "We (the angels) are not the message. We are the messengers and the message is love".


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