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Batalla en el cielo (2005)

Unrated | | Drama | 26 October 2005 (Belgium)
A working-class man named Marcos and his wife kidnap a baby for ransom money, but it goes tragically wrong when the infant dies. In another world is Ana, the daughter of the general for ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Marcos
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Ana
Bertha Ruiz ...
Marcos' Wife
David Bornstein ...
Jaime
Rosalinda Ramirez ...
Viky
El Abuelo ...
Chief of Police
Brenda Angulo ...
Madame
El Mago ...
Preacher
Francisco 'El Gato' Martínez ...
Gas Station Attendant
Diego Martínez Vignatti ...
Soccer Player
Alejandro Mayar ...
Police Inspector
Chavo Nava ...
Neurotic Conductor
Estela Tamariz ...
Ines
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Michelle Aizpuru ...
Adolescentes que llegan de fiesta
Valeria Alvarez ...
Ninos que juegan
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A working-class man named Marcos and his wife kidnap a baby for ransom money, but it goes tragically wrong when the infant dies. In another world is Ana, the daughter of the general for whom he drives, who does sexual acts to any man for pleasure. Marcos confesses his guilt to her in his troubled search for relief, and then finds himself on his knees amid the multitude of believers moving slowly toward the Basilica in honor of the Lady of Guadalupe. Written by the coproduction office

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26 October 2005 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

Battle in Heaven  »

Box Office

Budget:

€1,601,792 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$25,306 (USA) (17 February 2006)

Gross:

$70,899 (USA) (23 June 2006)
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Writer/director Carlos Reygadas shot crowded street scenes in the middle of real crowds. Cameraman Diego Martínez Vignatti sat in a wheelchair and they just pushed him through everyone. Luckily, no one who passed by looked into the camera lens. See more »

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During the scene where Ana and Marcos are making love, as the camera pans out, a crew member's reflection can be seen in the window. See more »

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References SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) See more »

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Colaboración musical
Juan Gómez-Acebo
Federico Ortiz-Cañavate
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Redemption
12 September 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

There are many redeeming qualities about this movie, and I think it's better than most people are making it out to be. I really hope the idea of a struggle for redemption comes through. It did for me. If it does, then the film, in my view, succeeds in telling the story that it should. I should mention, the opening scene really pulled me in. How could it not, being graphic and striking? Some people might think it was gratuitous. I think it was integral to the story.

Element after element, plot event after event set the tone for a story that is being told. I could really appreciate the commentary about the extremes some people may go to (kidnapping) in Mexico. It's not an ordinary topic, and it's treated very well. Very creative. Including the title which I thought was very suitable for the film.

Give this a try. It's good if you're in the mood to get a slice of life of Mexico. I think it does just that in a creative and entertaining way!


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