“The Help” One More Week!; “The Guard” Opens Friday 9/23; “Wings of Desire” Wednesday 9/28

“The Guard” is an Irish black comedy written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, and starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle that has become the most successful independent Irish film of all time in terms of box-office receipts

Sergeant Gerry Boyle is a small-town Irish cop with a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humor, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes, and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international cocaine-smuggling ring that has brought straight-laced FBI agent Wendell Everett to his door. trailer

This week’s entry in the Rosa Goddard International Film Festival is Wim Wenders’ “Wings of Desire” (“Der Himmel uber Berlin”) starring Peter Falk. The film centers around the story of two angels wandering in a mixture of post-war and modern Berlin. Invisible to humans, they nevertheless give their help and comfort to all the lonely and depressed souls they meet. Finally, after many centuries, one of the angels becomes unhappy with his immortal state and wishes to become human in order to experience the joys of everyday life. He meets a circus acrobat and finds in her the fulfillment of all his mortal desires. He also discovers that he is not alone in making this cross over, and that a purely spiritual experience is not enough to satisfy anyone.

Note: This film was shot in black/white and color. The Angels cannot see color. Therefore, when the shot is from the angels’ point of view, the shot is black and white, and when the shot is from a human point of view, it is in color. There is lots of poetic language used in this film that simply cannot be properly conveyed. trailer

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