Heaven (I) (2002)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama, Romance


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A woman takes the law into her own hands after police ignore her pleas to arrest the man responsible for her husband's death, and finds herself not only under arrest for murder but falling in love with an officer.


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20 February 2005 | boru33
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| Of the 1,000's of films I've seen and taught in college classes, this is perhaps the greatest of them all.
Obviously, from the summary of this review, I consider _Heaven_ perhaps the most beautiful film I've seen. As a writer and professor, I still consider film my foremost love of all the arts. In consequence, I've seen thousands of films--and those include nearly every one of the hundreds which are considered the greatest in the medium.

After multiple viewings, I place Heaven at the top. The direction and cinematography are both remarkable, the story utterly compelling, and the performances--especially Cate's--beyond compare. It is actually the overwhelming power and beauty of Cate that's the core of the film's art. It's not just "acting," but the combination of unearthly beauty, top-tier cinematography, *and* her talent that makes this a level above Streep, Dench, Bergman, Hepburn, and any other great at their absolute best.

I suppose it's hard to imagine the existence of a full level beyond what we consider--previously--to have been the most beautiful and artful female performance on screen. But that level is here, and it's clear.

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Release Date:

21 February 2002

Language

Italian, English


Country of Origin

UK, France, Italy, Germany, USA

Filming Locations

Bottrop, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,909 6 October 2002

Gross USA:

$784,399

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,247,089

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