Faraway, So Close! | Chicago Reader

Faraway, So Close!

Wim Wenders's flat-footed, long-winded 1993 sequel to Wings of Desire gives us more adventures of angels (fallen and otherwise) in Berlin, as well as some mainly heavy-handed attempts at humor. Many of the same actors are back—including Otto Sander, Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, and Peter Falk—along with Horst Buchholz, Nastassja Kinski, Heinz Rühmann, Rüdiger Vogler, Willem Dafoe, and, in odd cameo appearances, superstars ranging from Lou Reed to Mikhail Gorbachev (both playing themselves). Some of the old Wenders poetry recurs in spots, but the feeling of a sprawling smorgasbord is fairly pronounced throughout, and Jürgen Jürges's cinematography can't match that of Henri Alekan (who appears in a cameo) or Robby Müller. In German with subtitles. 140 min.

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