Wings of Desire
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Damiel (Bruno Ganz) and Cassiel (Otto Sander) are angels who watch over the city of Berlin. They don't have harps or wings (well, they usually don't have wings) and they prefer overcoats to gossamer gowns. But they can travel unseen through the city, listening to people's thoughts, watching their actions and studying their lives. While they can make their presence felt in small ways, only children and other angels can see them. They spend their days serenely observing, unable to interact with people, and they feel neither pain nor joy. One day, Damiel finds his way into a circus… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

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"A fantasy that... goes right in spite of its solemn style."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Few films are so rich, so intriguing, or so ambitious."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Wings of Desire has an ingenuousness, a sweetness of spirit, that triumphs over the conventional rigidities of its calculation."
‑ Jonathan Baumbach, The Nation
"How brilliant is Wings of Desire? Understand that Peter Falk is playing himself - that is to say, he's playing actor Peter Falk, who happened to be an angel himself until he elected to become human decades earlier."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"How much Eurobabble are you willing to endure in exchange for a look at one of the cinema's most ravishing and compassionate screen visions?"
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"A sublimely beautiful, deeply romantic film for our times."
‑ David Stratton, Variety
"One of the few truly great movies to come out of the '80s."
‑ Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter
"This story of angels is really an examination of what it means to be human -- in the most profound sense but via the smallest, most trivial details."
‑ Tim Regan-Porter, Paste Magazine
"Demands to be seen by cinema lovers."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"a film of sheer visual poetry and deep emotional resonance"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Wings of Desire is one of Wenders's most stunning achievements."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Startlingly original at first, Wings of Desire is in the end damagingly overloaded."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A beautiful, literate and romantic piece of cinema."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"The cinematography by Henri Alekan is simply astonishing in its spare yet lyrical quality."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"It's hard to think of another movie of its era that makes the viewer so fully feel like a denizen of its setting; the roving, dollying, craning camera makes angels of us all."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
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