Wings of Desire 1987

Wings of Desire

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Beyond ravishing, Wings of Desire is Wim Wenders' is aching and heartbreaking exploration of how love makes us human.

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Two angels, Damiel (Bruno Ganz) and Cassiel (Otto Sander), 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 (Solveig Dommartin), the angel longs to experience life in the physical world, and finds--with some words of wisdom from actor Peter Falk (playing himself) -- that it might be possible for him to take human form.

Cast & Crew

Lajos Kovács
Marion's Trainer
Jürgen Knieper
Original Music
Henri Alekan
Cinematographer
Heidi Lüdi
Production Designer
Monika Jacobs
Costume Designer
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Critic Reviews for Wings of Desire

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (1)

Audience Reviews for Wings of Desire

  • Jul 17, 2016
    Angels observe life in Germany in a gorgeous view of the individual lives of many including Peter Falk who plays himself. Terrific use of camera work by Wenders.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2015
    The music ruined the film for me. Wings of Desire is a film about angels who provide comfort to people in need, one angel falls in love with a trapeze artist became determined to be mortal in order to experience happiness on earth with his new found lover. I love the aerial shots and the use of black and white shots to show the contrast of earth and heaven. The dialogue were beautiful and the theme was nicely done to show the joy of living our lives. However the film may be a bit too lengthy, which could be condensed for better effect.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2014
    An angel falls in love with a human woman and decides to become one of her kind. The inspiration for the Hollywood tear-jerker City of Angels, Wim Wenders's film is decidedly un-Hollywood. Filled with existential reflections and poorly paced, the film is more meditation than plot and story, more philosophical musing than love story. It feels long, though only a little over two hours. Peter Falk, who apparently is an ex-angel, plays himself, and this dash of reality seems incongruent with the fantasy that permeates the rest of the film. Overall, I didn't like either the Hollywood or European version of this story because both seem too far to the ends of extremes.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2013
    Extremely artistic while still commenting on the most basic instinct: the need to be human.
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