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Heaven (I) (2002)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  21 February 2002 (Germany)
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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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Remo Girone ...
Filippo's Father
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Regina
Alessandro Sperduti ...
Ariel
Mattia Sbragia ...
Major Pini
Stefano Santospago ...
Mr. Vendice
Alberto Di Stasio ...
The Prosecutor
Giovanni Vettorazzo ...
The Inspector
Gianfranco Barra ...
The Lieutenant
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Chief Guard
Mauro Marino ...
Doctor
Stefania Orsola Garello ...
Vendice's Secretary
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Father High Rise
Giorgia Coppa ...
Older Daughter
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Storyline

Love, retribution and redemption. Devastated by her husband's death from a drug overdose, Philippa, a British teacher living in Turin, Italy, tries to bring justice to the biggest drug dealer in Turin when the local police ignore her information about him. In building a home-made bomb and setting off a plan that fails miserably, her status changes from young widow to that of a criminal in custody. Young police officer Filipo descends into Philippa's life, changing her bleak outlook on existence into one in search of tranquility among corruption, as they become unlikely soul mates and lovers. Written by Anna <dimenxia@yahoo.com>

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Rated R for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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21 February 2002 (Germany)  »

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En el cielo  »

Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$51,909 (USA) (4 October 2002)

Gross:

$774,317 (USA) (6 December 2002)
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Trivia

The first of a planned trilogy Krzysztof Kieslowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz wrote before Kieslowski's death: Heaven, Hell and Purgatory. See more »

Goofs

The train shown when Filippo and Philippa arrive in Tuscany is not compatible with the passenger car seen from the inside in earlier shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Helicopter Pilot: [in Italian supervising simulation] Follow the terrain. Good. Keep it perpendicular to the ridge. That's it. Under real conditions you might have to compensate for the wind here. Now, maintain you height. Watch your height, careful.
[climbing higher simulator switches off]
Helicopter Pilot: In a real helicopter you can't just keep flying higher.
Filippo: How high can I fly?
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6 Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinushka
Composed by Arvo Pärt
Performed by David Arden (piano)
Koch International
Courtesy of Universal Edition, Vienna
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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.
20 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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