Wings of Desire
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This highly original French/German fantasy film stars Bruno Ganz and Otto Sanver as a pair of well-meaning angels. It is their celestial assignment to provide comfort for the troubled souls of Berlin--a task at which they are profoundly ineffective. Both angels envy the living for being able to enjoy nature and creature comforts. When Ganz falls in love with beautiful circus aerialist Solveig Dommartin (who dresses in angel's wings and robes for her act), he is allowed to "go mortal". After a short orientation on earthly ways conducted by fellow fallen angel Peter Falk, Ganz… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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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