Wings of Desire

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Released 1987

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Director:
Wim Wenders
Released:
1987
Rating:
PG-13
Wings of Desire is a 1987 German film from writer/director Wim Wenders about two angels whose holy mission is to observe human society in West Berlin, where they have existed for all of time. The angels are invisible to everyone except small children. They hear the thoughts of the Berliners that fill the city, piecing together an elaborate portrait of the tumultuous city before the fall of the Berlin wall. The film features Peter Falk as himself, although in the film it's revealed he was also once an angel who became human after growing weary of constantly observing but never participating. Inspired by Falk's presence in Berlin, the angel Damiel (Bruno Ganz) begins to desire his own humanity as he falls in love with a beautiful loner Marion (Solveig Dommartin). Wings of Desire is a critically acclaimed story of love and humanity, remade for American audiences in 1998 as City of Angels.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Variety

    Wim Wenders returns to Germany with a sublimely beautiful, deeply romantic film for our times. (Review of Original Release)

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Astonishing things happen and symbolism can only work by being apparent. For me, the film is like music or a landscape: It clears a space in my mind, and in that space I can consid...

  • 50

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Startlingly original at first, Wings of Desir' is in the end damagingly overloaded. The excesses of language, the ceaseless camera movement, the unyielding whimsy have the ultimate...

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love story, forbidden love, extraordinary situations, gravitas, Foreign Language