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Alice in the Cities (U)

A German journalist finds himself saddled with the care of a nine-year-old girl after encountering her mother at a New York airport, and dedicates himself to helping her find her grandparents.

German journalist Philip Winter (Rudigler Vogler) has a case of writer’s block and is in a severe life crisis, trying to write an article about the United States. As he tries to book a flight to Germany, he meets a German woman (Lisa Kreuzer) and her young daughter Alice (Yella Rottlander), doing the same. When Lisa asks Winter to mind Alice temporarily, it quickly becomes apparent that Alice will be his responsibility for longer than expected. The innocent friendship between Winter and Alice grows as they travel together on a quest to track down Alice’s grandmother.  

The second in Wenders’ ‘Road Movie’ trilogy, Alice in the Cities establishes ideas and aesthetics that would dominate the director’s whole career, and features captivating performances by Vogler and Rottlander, who have tremendous on-screen chemistry as the unlikely companions. 

  • DIRECTOR: Wim Wenders
  • CAST: Bruno Ganz, Peter Falk, Solveig Dommartin, Curt Bois, Otto Sander

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