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Far Away, So Close [Import]

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars ENTERTAINING ANGELS... 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
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars ENTERTAINING ANGELS... 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Wim Wenders Home Run Dec 16 2002
Format:DVD
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Wenders' Tale 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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5.0 out of 5 stars SEEKING MEANING 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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1.0 out of 5 stars Stay Faraway
Awful film, a total travesty. "Wings of Desire is one of the great films of the 20th century. This is one of the worst. You can hardly believe it is from the same director. Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2011 by toronto
1.0 out of 5 stars Void of meaning; boring enough to put you to sleep
Starts out great, then descends into a horrifying hell of boredom and ambiguity and mixed up wastelands of celluloid. Read more
Published on June 2 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars The Berlin Ground.
The success of 'Wings Of Desire' must have prompted Wenders to come up with a sequel. It certainly makes a greater effort at garnishing a wider audience, with the addition of... Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2004 by R Jess
3.0 out of 5 stars i love this movie but...
the dvd version lacks a scene! (as far as i notice) just before the end, when the circus people retake the ship.
Published on April 7 2003 by "cassiel137"
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
If you liked "Beautiful Mind" so don't even think about to read this. OK, it's dense. But it's quite fine and useful for further analysis. Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2002 by Antoine Ruiz
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
If you are tired of watching the same movies, you should try this one. The story of angels walking between humans and their effort to understand them is a wonderful chance to... Read more
Published on Sept. 30 2001 by Jose M. Luque Gonzalez
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as its' predesessor
Most of the previous comments are appropriate. My question is: how on earth can anyone justify having this available in DVD format as opposed to the far superior Wings of Desire,... Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2001 by Gary Williams
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