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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Remo Girone ...
Filippo's Father
Alessandro Sperduti ...
Mattia Sbragia ...
Major Pini
Stefano Santospago ...
Mr. Vendice
Alberto Di Stasio ...
The Prosecutor
Giovanni Vettorazzo ...
The Inspector
Gianfranco Barra ...
The Lieutenant
Vincent Riotta ...
Chief Guard
Mauro Marino ...
Stefania Orsola Garello ...
Vendice's Secretary
Father High Rise
Giorgia Coppa ...
Older Daughter


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 <>

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

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Release Date:

21 February 2002 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

En el cielo  »

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£78,207 (UK) (9 August 2002)


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


[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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Spiegel im Spiegel
Composed by Arvo Pärt
Performed by Vladimir Spivakov (violin), Sergej Bezrodny (piano)
Produced by Manfred Eicher
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Absolutely Gorgeous
4 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an unusual film, start to finish, particularly finish. Why? Because......

It's a suspense film but not all that suspenseful, especially in light of today's bloody action scenes.

It has an ending that is not really an ending.

It's not listed (or categorized at rental stores) as a "foreign film" but much of the movie is spoken in Italian.

In other words, this is hard to label. Throw in an odd romance, some spectacular Tuscan scenery (actually wonderful cinematography all the way through), a slow-moving but involving storyline and one of this generation's most-interesting actresses (Cate Blanchett) and you have a film worth investigating.

A word of warning, especially to younger people: this film might be too slow for what you are used to seeing. If you want action, skip this. This film is more for people into visuals and a different story. Subtitles also turn off a lot of people, and you need them here.

As someone who just loves great visuals, this is an astonishing piece of work - just magnificent to view. I also appreciated the director's "sky cam" with some wonderful aerial shots.

The "R" rating comes from a very, very brief sex scene, which doesn't involve the major characters. There is almost no profanity in here. A strange film to label but it sure is a visual treat. I liked it even more on the second viewing

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