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Until the End of the World(Bis ans Ende der Welt)

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Germany, France, Australia · 1991
Rated R · 4h 47m
Director Wim Wenders
Starring William Hurt, Solveig Dommartin, Chick Ortega, Eddy Mitchell
Genre Thriller, Drama, Science Fiction, Action

Until The End of the World is an odyssey for the modern age. As with Homer's Odyssey, the purpose of the journey is to restore sight -- a spiritual reconciliation between an obsessed father and a deserted son. Dr. Farber, in trying to find a cure for his wife's blindness, has created a device that allows the user to send images directly to the brain, enabling the blind to see.

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A gorgeous paen to modern life and the modern person's thirst for freedom and truth, Until the End of the World depicts how a "leap of faith" in the modern age can lead us down a rabbit-hole of obsessions and conspiratorial thinking until we cannot extricate ourselves from the fictions that we have created and which surround us regularly. Though it is not without its flaws, whenever the tacky narration feels like its about to overstay its welcome, Wenders is wise to switch to a vivid shot of the inimitable Australian landscape or insert a song from the film's incredible soundtrack. An absolute must-watch.

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Time Out by

Despite a few felicitous moments, the film is turgid, pretentious, and dramatically lifeless.


Washington Post by Hal Hinson

Wenders weaves all his thematic and narrative threads together into a coherent, philosophical whole. Even with the apocalypse, though, his view isn't despairing. A new direction, a new beginning emerges out of the ashes of the old, image-overloaded world, and with it, a sort of muted optimism.


The Seattle Times by John Hartl

Despite all of the personalized Wenders touches, it ultimately resembles many a top-heavy, star-laden, special-effects-driven production from the major-studio assembly lines.


The Guardian by Jordan Hoffman

The scenes of artistic, scientific and communal triumph were significant. The isolated, solipsistic anger of each character, lost in their own identity loop, seemed like a perfect analogy for the conflicts in eastern Europe in the mid-1990s.

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