Visible only to those like them and to human children, Damiel and Cassiel are two angels, who have existed even before humankind. Along with several other angels, they currently wander around West Berlin, generally on their own, observing and preserving life, sometimes trying to provide comfort to the troubled, although those efforts are not always successful. Among those they are currently observing are: the cast and crew of a movie - a detective story set in WWII Nazi Germany - which include a sensitive and perceptive Peter Falk; an elderly man named Homer looking for eternal peace; and the troupe of a financially failing circus, which has closed early for the season because of those financial problems. One day, Damiel tells Cassiel that he wants to become human, to feel not only the sensory aspects of physical beings, but also emotional aspects. He embarks on this thought with the full realization that there is no turning back if he decides to do so. His thoughts are largely ...
There are angels on the streets of Berlin.
Did You Know?
In the closing titles it says: "Dedicated to all the former angels, but especially to Yasujiro, François and Andrej." That refers to Yasujiro Ozu, François Truffaut and Andrej Tarkovsky. See more
In one of the earlier shots when the camera flies around the Berlin sky, the shadow of the helicopter can be seen in the clouds below. See more
[in German, using English subtitles
When the child was a child, it walked with its arms swinging. It wanted the stream to be a river, the river a torrent, and this puddle to be the sea. When the child was a child, it didn't know it was a child. Everything was full of life, and all life was one. When the child was a child, it had no opinion about anything, no habits. It often sat cross-legged, took off running, had a cowlick in its hair, and didn't make faces when ...
Dedicated to all the former angels, but especially to Yasujiro, François and Andrej. See more
Karli Kayin Ormaninda
Written by Nazim Hikmet
Performed by Zülfü Livaneli
A part of the song is played around 96th minute See more