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Wings of Desire (1987)Wings of Desire (1987)

Wings of Desire (1987)

An angel yearns for love while wandering the streets of Cold War Berlin

Drama, Fantasy, Romance

best
THE VERY BEST

8.5

movie

France, Germany

English, French, German

1987

Wim Wenders

Beatrice Manowski, Blixa Bargeld, Bruno Ganz

128 min

Synopsis

Two angels, Damiel and Cassiel, glide through the streets of Berlin, observing the bustling population, providing invisible rays of hope to the distressed but never interacting with them. When Damiel falls in love with lonely trapeze artist Marion, the angel longs to experience life in the physical world, and finds -- with some words of wisdom from actor Peter Falk -- that it might be possible for him to take human form.

Our Take

8.5
Igor Fishman

Two angels wander the streets of a monochrome Berlin, invisible to the colorful world that bustles around them. When one of them falls in love, he begins to question his place and yearns to give up immortality to join the ranks of the living. Wim Wender’s exceptional film is a poetic meditation on faith, cinema, and a mournful tour of a city in the grip of the Cold War. 

Wings of Desire is bursting with poetry and heartbreaking humanism emphasized by the tender performances by Bruno Ganz, Otto Sander, and Peter Falk, while serving as a beautiful love letter to a city yearning for change. If you’ve only seen City of Angels, the loose American remake, then you owe it to yourself to experience the raw poetic power of the real deal.

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