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Not that bad--or good (spoilers)

9/10
Author: jtur88 from Michigan
13 August 2003

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Not nearly as bad as half the viewers said---Not nearly as good as the others said. This film is nicely done in all visual respects. It's a good watch. Just don't be too picky about the plot development. Sure, there has to be a certain amount of coincidence to make a move work. But this has way too much. The kid who is a link between the cop and the teacher. The friend stumbled across in a remote village. The milk truck. The chopper left idling by an absent pilot, just waiting for a school teacher who has taken helicopter flying lessons---in a foreign country. Come on! Still, rent it and sit back and enjoy it, and don't worry about how many times the cop has to slip a tape recorder into the pocket of the suspect. And never mind that a human switchboard operator ringing an extension might not let it ring forever.

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mesmerizing

Author: moviepphone from Hendersonville
22 June 2003



I have to disagree with the comment posted with this film. This film absolutely draws you in. I'll admit it would be a plus to be a fan of Tykwer's work and have a brain in your head to truly enjoy it. But the sweeping camera shots of beautiful locations in Germany and Italy are amazing. How could a movie fan not appreciate that?

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If you are a fan.

7/10
Author: allar100 from Washington
19 May 2003

I think that this is a movie for certain fans only. If you liked Run Lola Run, and the Princess and the Warrior, or if you are a fan of either of the lead actors, then you should see this movie. This is not to say that this is a bad movie, it is better to say that it is a well made movie. Nothing really grabs and takes hold. So, like I said, see it if you are a fan, otherwise, you could probably find a film you will like better.

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Murderous, Mysterious and Magical (Possible Spoilers)

8/10
Author: Scottie (VWaltz77) from Galesburg, Illinois, U.S.A.
9 February 2003

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I went into seeing this movie as a fan of Tom Tykwer, I left as a fanatic! Much different from the last 2 Tykwer films I had experienced (Lola Rennt & Der Krieger und die Kaiserin), Heaven provides a unique opportunity for the viewer to experience the humanity of the characters by employing very intrinsic means. I believe that the level of success this film achieves lies with not only the brilliant writing of the film, but also the cinematography; every shot was beautifully photographed (most notably, the love scene with the sunset behind the tree). The score was unbelievably simple, yet extremely effective, allowing viewers to experience the audible magic that the film provides. The closing shots of the film were AMAZING. Myself and the other viewers in the theater sat spellbound as we watched, waited, and realized why the film was titled as it was. Leaving a theater after a film had never felt so peaceful.

Bottom line: An entertaining ride with some hidden humor and beauty, 8/10.

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An absolutely great drama.

10/10
Author: Inserts
7 February 2003

Heaven is a spectacularly well-written, directed, and acted. It is inspiring to see the depth of character and feeling so successfully portrayed in this film which deserves multiple Oscar nominations. I hope that more people will discover this film.

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Heaven will reduce you to silence

8/10
Author: Silvie Wolff (Sillysil) from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
4 February 2003

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Contains Spoiler Because songs are popping into your head as soon as you read the title, most people go into the theatre singing and humming. But most won't leave the theatre that way; Heaven will reduce you to silence.

Philippa Paccard (Cate Blanchett) is an English teacher at a high school in Italy, where thirteen-year-old children are already addicted to drugs. By placing a bomb in the office of a rich businessman, who is at the top of the chain of drug suppliers, she tries to put a stop to this. Even if it's only for the completely crushed look on the face of Cate Blanchetts Philippa when she finds out that, in stead of the drug lord, four innocent people have died with the bomb exploding, you would have to see this film (If it were up to me, she would get the Oscar right now). The only warning I have to give you is that no matter how action packed this all sounds heaven is a very low motion film. There is a lot happening, but that is not the point. The film is solely about Philippa, about her emotions en the relationship that develops between her and the young police officer Filippo (Giovanni Ribisi) who helps her escape.

Heaven is full of beautiful pictures of Italian landscapes, full of wonderful dramatic moments, en only when it is absolutely necessary, a well-written piece of dialogue. There is nothing too much or too little about heaven and that is something you don't find much in cinemas anymore. My favourite film of 2002.

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Heaven on earth

9/10
Author: sjcsf00 from US
16 January 2003

Relaxing and uncluttered; beautiful scenic and city shots; the use of color is magnificent; strong character building. This is truly heaven, in some aspects. Though I cringe at the thought of how Purgatory and Hell will be depicted.

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Really Beautifully done

8/10
Author: saintschindler from Singapore
8 January 2003

i would just like to comment on the scene which started from when both characters are in the train. It is really beautifully synchronized with the music, it is very much like the movie "In the Mood For love" by hongkong acclaimed director Wong Kar Wai. There is a very distinct melancholic feeling to it (at least to me..)yet peaceful at the heart... i think it puts the audience between the state of dream and consciousness. Landscapes are beautifully shot..like Abbas Kiarostami's Taste of Cherry. Two words, so beautiful. So many long and wide shots towards the end, as if signifying what love and the harsh reality of life not only to the characters, but largely to the audience, people who are watching the show can feel the vastness of possibilities in life.

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An interesting emotional film - and certainly good.

8/10
Author: artryda from Germany
5 January 2003

Although the movie has some flaws (you'll recognize them when you watch the movie) and is somewhat slow paced, the film is refreshing. It is obvious that this is an european film, showing typical german and polish influences (not surprising since the director Tom Tykwer is german and the writers were polish).

Cate shows a great performance, Ribisi is good but limited by his character's unchanging expression.

This is a film about emotions, about love and not about moral - that is very important to remember, otherwise it would be quite disappointing.

I gave it a good 8, nearly 9. The world needs more films like this one and this film certainly should have gotten more attention from the public.

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Pessimistic and Joyless! The Portrait of a naive killer!

Author: Hernan Amado (hernan_amado@hotmail.com) from Colombia, Popayán
26 December 2002

`Heaven' is different, very different from all the movies made in Hollywood. `Heaven' features Cate Blanchett and Giovanni Ribisi. It's from the director of `run Lola run'. It's a story about the main characters overstepping love and madness. It was written by Krysztof Kieslowky and his partner Krystof Piesewics. The perfection of cinematography and sound carry one of the most destructive love stories.

Heaven's direction was first offered to Anthony Miguella (Director of the acclaimed movie `the English Patient), but he declined; however he accepted to be the producer. Since he didn't accept, the direction was carried out by Tykwer (Creator of Run Lola Run)

Tykwer must be proud of having directed a disturbing, beautiful and intelligent film, which is a look into the darkest zones of soul. Whoever knows the work of Kieslowski, they know that destiny, fatality, and coincidences make his movies dark and depressive with characters who look for an exit. Tykwer made a couple of changes in the original screenplay, but the spirit from Poland is still felt.

At first the viewers behold the virtual images that a chopper produces and a voice that warns about the fatality of height! In the end, the viewer joins the final scenes with the first scenes to realize the painful and surprising ending.

This is the story of Philippa (Cate Blanchet) who's thin and beautiful. She's an English teacher, whose husband dies because of an overdose; she tries to get even and plants a bomb in a high-rise apartment, killing four innocent people, while her only target was the drug dealer. She's captured and questioned. While being questioned, she meets a young official (Giovanni Ribisi) who changes her life although she knows she's already dead for everybody and that her mistake sank her forever. She's already guilt-ridden.

In most Tykwer's movies, his characters are filled with despair, anguish and pain. In this case even though the viewers don't want to, they like the killer of 4 innocent people, and encourage her to be free, and go along with her on that trip, which gets her closer to hell. The viewer only waits for the moment, in which, the naive and quiet boy who acts on a simple animal impulse will save her. 7/10

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