Before being shocked by Mexico in its opening game, defending Cup champ Germany was considered by many to be the tourney favorite.
They, like France, have a storied cinematic tradition, too. Alas, many of their classics from back in the day are rather… dark (the country really pioneered the horror flick in the 1920s), and many of the movies centered around Germany focus on Nazi Germany. (Nazis. I hate those guys.)
But Wings of Desire breaks the mold a bit. This 1987 West German film — made, obviously, before the country’s reunification — concentrates its story on an angel who falls in love with a lonely trapeze artist, and who becomes human to be with her. The story is fraught with spiritual messages, obviously, and not all of them positive. In addition, this PG-13 film includes a bit of partial nudity and some strong language. But it’s still considered one of the all-time classics of international film, and it has a great deal to say about what it means to be exhilaratingly, gloriously human. The movie’s available to rent on Amazon Prime and YouTube for $3.99.