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Cold Heaven (1991)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Romance  |  29 May 1992 (USA)
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An adulterous woman's faith in God is tested when her husband dies and miraculously comes back to life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marie Davenport
Alex Davenport
Daniel Corvin
Father Niles
Monsignor Cassidy
Anna Corvin
Sister Martha
Mother St. Agnes
Tom Farrelly
Dr. DeMencos
Daniel Ades ...
Dr. Mendes (as Daniel Addes)
Jim Ishida ...
Dr. Tanaki
Sister Katarina
Martha Milliken ...
Sister Anna
Margarita Cordova ...


A woman is planning to leave her husband for another man when hubby has a nasty accident. She keeps getting flashbacks of something compelling that had happened to her a year before, which builds to a supernatural encounter. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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A journey beyond this life. See more »

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Rated R for language and sensuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

29 May 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desejo Selvagem  »

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One of seven films that actress Theresa Russell has made with director Nicolas Roeg. The films include Eureka (1983), Track 29 (1988), Cold Heaven (1991), Hotel Paradise (1995), Bad Timing (1980), Insignificance (1985) and the "Un ballo in maschera" segment of Aria (1987). See more »


Referenced in Clerks (1994) See more »


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Music by Phillipe Roy (as P. Roy)
Courtesy of Southern Library of Recorded Music
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Testing your commitment and believes.
27 August 2007 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Marie Davenport is an unfaithful wife who plans to tell her surgeon husband Alex that she is going to leave him for her lover Dr. Daniel Corvin. However strangely enough, her husband is conveniently killed in a boating accident. Then his body disappears from the morgue, and this is when plenty of unusual occurrences start to interrupt Marie's life.

Every time I watch a Nicolas Roeg, I always find it hard to put it into words. "Cold Heaven" falls somewhere in the latter end of his work, but still it manages to hold your attention because of its unusually haunting and broad ambiance. The unique handling of the metaphoric premise (lifted off Brian Moore's novel) seems to shift back and forth amongst many different moody fields (thriller, supernatural) to eventually play out like a spiritual journey of religious faith, guilt, fate, and redemption. Everything about it works off one's emotions and seldom thoughts, which go on to feel like a ponderously obsessive dream full of miracles. What starts off like torment due to infidelity can suddenly turn into relief, and it shows love doesn't have any boundaries. What seems like an enigmatic and fractured structure to begin with eventually is answered. But I was less impressed and satisfied with the revelation, and the final 10 minutes or so.

Roeg's sensual visual style and steady pace has a sterile, but brooding air that seductively pulls you in. His filming techniques like crosscutting editing of the surreal flashbacks and visions can get jaded, but only adds the blurry nature of what to believe. Even the monologues of Russell's character's inner thoughts are well done and at times can really alienate. Dim composition, shading and lighting is pulled of admirably well in displaying a darkly stark atmosphere. The set pieces provide symbolic traits and within the beautiful images are also eerie currents. The exquisite and ever-changing backdrop that's on show is handsomely framed by Francis Kenny's glossy photography. Stanley Myers' bold music score is a oddly lingering mixture of spicy and light n' breezy cues. The performances are strikingly inspired. Theresa Russell is amazing in a very demanding multi-facet role. Mark Harmon and James are equally fine with complex portrayals. There's also highly capable support in the likes of Will Patton, Julie Carmen, Talia Shire and Seymour Cassel.

Not one of his greatest, but an interestingly flawed piece nonetheless.

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