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  • Language: English, French, German
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303148263
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #102,047 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Faraway, So Close! (1993) "In weiter Ferne, so nah!" (original title) Director: Wim Wenders Stars: Otto Sander, Bruno Ganz, Mikhail Gorbachev

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robin Simmons on July 29 2003
Format: DVD
"Do not forget to entertain strangers, for some people have entertained angels without knowing it." Hebrews 13:2
The world's three great religions incorporate angels as real, created entities, messengers between the world of mortals and God. And movies about angels, both good and bad, will always be messengers of film entertainment. Here's a new to DVD title about a good angel that's worthy of your time.
FAR AWAY, SO CLOSE! is the flip side to "Wings of Desire." Here, instead of desiring to be flesh and blood, the angel seeks to understand why humans have such a hard time experiencing the spiritual. These two films, taken together, offer a stunning and profoundly moving picture of the bittersweet, paradoxical and all-too-brief human experience. Both are of the highest order of mature filmmaking: intelligent, emotional, and visually stunning. They provide a memorable, meaningful and authentic experience about life's deepest mysteries. We are indeed spiritual beings having a human experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 13 2001
Format: DVD
Although I'd already seen the movie when it was released on VHS some years ago, I purchased this DVD because of the blurb on the back cover mentioning that it contained "Director Wim Wenders' Audio Commentary." It turned out to be just that: Wender's commentary overlaid throughout the full length of the movie. It was like being in the theater with Wender's sitting next to me, explaining every scene and regaling the listener with anecdotes about the movie, its actors, and his experiences as a director. It would be wonderful if more directors did this sort of thing; a feature uniquely suited to DVD's.
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"Do not forget to entertain strangers, for some people have entertained angels without knowing it." Hebrews 13:2
The world's three great religions incorporate angels as real, created entities, messengers between the world of mortals and God. And movies about angels, both good and bad, will always be messengers of film entertainment. Here's a new to DVD title about a good angel that's worthy of your time.
FAR AWAY, SO CLOSE! is the flip side to "Wings of Desire." Here, instead of desiring to be flesh and blood, the angel seeks to understand why humans have such a hard time experiencing the spiritual. These two films, taken together, offer a stunning and profoundly moving picture of the bittersweet, paradoxical and all-too-brief human experience. Both are of the highest order of mature filmmaking: intelligent, emotional, and visually stunning. They provide a memorable, meaningful and authentic experience about life's deepest mysteries. We are indeed spiritual beings having a human experience.
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One of Wneders better efforts, I would call this more of a companion to rather than a sequel to "Wings of Desire". Overall, I think "Wings of Desire" was a better movie, it seems as though Wenders was trying to be a little more mainstream in this film, but nonetheless, an excellent film in the same veign as "Wings of Desire". I think it would have been that much better if he hadn't spent so much time on the character who was an arms dealer and the angels attempts to thwart his operation. This section of the movie came off as a mad cap adventure, and was not true to the overall tone and message of the film. But perhaps Wenders was trying to interject some levity in this film, he is known to be a bit heavy-handed in his other efforts.
I would not necessarily say that one MUST see "Wings of Desire" to enjoy this film, but it would sure help, as that film sets up much the character development for "Far Away, So Close"
Both films are insightful, well written, thought-provoking, well acted, and have great cinematography.
Most highly recommended.
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By Serendivinny on June 25 2001
Format: DVD
If you have NOT seen "Wings of Desire", you will not like this film, because its understanding draws from your experience of its predecessor. If you HAVE seen "Wings", you will not like this film, either. Because in "Wings" are poured all the film-maker's reflections on Life and its loneliness. No more original ideas are left to make its sequel a viable continuation. Perhaps that's why "Far away..." looks so tired, so exhausted of creative impulse, undecided between the tragic and the comical. The devices that are impressive in "Wings", such as the internal murmurs, the down-to-earth dialogue between angels and an "inspired" Peter Falk, don't work here with the same impact. Apparently Wenders attempted to make up for the lack of original ideas with a more story-like narrative, but that is a poor compensation. Telling an entertaining story with plot is never Wender's forte. I miss the haunting imagery and the sad timelessness of "Wings". Cannot wait to see it on DVD.
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By Robin Simmons on March 3 2003
Format: DVD
More than sex, food or survival, we are creatures driven to find meaning in our lives (or so it's said by those who claim to know such things). A recent film that taps into that mindset, with success, is now available in a fine digital edition.
FAR AWAY, SO CLOSE is a subtle, almost ephemeral film that dares to tackle the profound question of why we humans have such a hard time experiencing, explaining and understanding the spiritual as ultimate reality (the rest is merely phenomena).
This superb companion piece to Wim Wenders much praised 1987 "Wings of Desire" works best with the least amount of foreknowledge.
Let go and consider the wonder, beauty and truth that we are indeed spiritual beings having a human experience.
Highest recommendation.
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