City of angels / Ingerul pazitor (1998)

Nu mai tin minte cand am vazut prima oara acest film, dar tin minte ca mi s-a parut unul dintre cele mai frumoase filme de dragoste.

Maggie Rice (Meg Ryan) este un chirurg cardiolog care isi dedica fiecare zi din viata ei salvarii vietilor pacientilor.

Seth (Nicolas Cage) este unul dintre ingerii care coboara printre oameni pentru a-i conduce pe cei care urmeaza sa plece din lumea noastra. El este fascinat de viata oamenilor si indragostit, ca toti ceilalti ingeri, de frumusetea extraordinara a rasaritului de soare. Din cand in cand, ei afla de cate un inger care, din dragoste pentru un om, renunta la nemurire pentru a putea trai o viata alaturi de acesta.

Aflat intr-o zi in spitalul unde lucreaza Maggie, o observa cu atentie in timp ce aceasta opereaza un pacient cardiac. Este atras de daruirea si implicarea sufleteasca cu care ea lucreaza si de dorinta ei enorma de a ajuta pacientul sa se faca bine. Totusi, pacientul moare, iar ea este devastata. Tumultul emotiilor ei ii atrage atentia lui Seth si acesta doreste sa o cunoasca mai bine. Ca urmare, ii iese in cale in diverse situatii si momente si treptat se indragosteste de ea atat de mult, incat decide sa renunte la nemurire pentru a trai alaturi de ea ca om.

Finalul nu este cel asteptat, este incarcat de emotii puternice, subliniate de imagini superbe. Fabuloasa mi s-a parut scena in care, in fiecare dimineata, pe plaja, ingerii se adunau ca sa admire rasaritul soarelui. Ca un mesaj care afirma, in ciuda tuturor lucrurilor rele, urate, a faptelor noastre uneori gresite, uneori chiar inumane, frumusetea uimitoare a lumii noastre si puterea uriasa a iubirii.

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I can’t remember when I first saw this film, but I remember thinking it’s one of the most beautiful ones.

Maggie Rice (Meg Ryan) is a heart surgeon dedicating every day to saving her patients.

Seth (Nicolas Cage) is one of the angels that come to people who are about to leave this world. He is fascinated by human life and, like other angels, adores the beauty of the sunrise. Every once in a while they learn of an angel who gave up on being immortal so he could be with the human he loves.

One day, at the hospital where Maggie works, Seth observes her closely while she operates on a patient. He is amazed by the attention and emotion she puts into her work and her big desire for the patient to be well again. Unfortunately, the patient does not make it and she is devastated. Her emotions capture Seth’s attention and makes him want to know her better. Every now and then he lets her see him and gradually he becomes so much in love with her that he begins to think about giving up on immortality.

The ending is unexpected, filled with strong emotions underlined with beautiful images. I liked the scene in which the angels got together on the beach to witness the sunrise as a sort of a message stating that despite all the bad, mean and sometimes wrong deeds, our world is beautiful and love is powerful.

City of angels / Ingerul pazitor (1998)

  • Directed by / Regia: Brad Silberling
  • Written by / Scenariul: Wim Wenders, Peter Handke, Richard Reitinger, Dana Stevens
  • Cast / Distributia: Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, Andre Braugher, Dennis Franz
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