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Battle in Heaven (2005)

Batalla en el cielo (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 26 October 2005 (Belgium)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Bertha Ruiz ...
Marcos' Wife
David Bornstein ...
Rosalinda Ramirez ...
El Abuelo ...
Chief of Police
Brenda Angulo ...
El Mago ...
Francisco 'El Gato' Martínez ...
Gas Station Attendant
Diego Martínez Vignatti ...
Soccer Player
Alejandro Mayar ...
Police Inspector
Chavo Nava ...
Neurotic Conductor
Estela Tamariz ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michelle Aizpuru ...
Adolescentes que llegan de fiesta
Valeria Alvarez ...
Ninos que juegan


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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Release Date:

26 October 2005 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

Battle in Heaven  »

Box Office


€1,601,792 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$70,899 (USA) (23 June 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »


Marcha procesional de Córdoba
Saeta de la Virgen de la Soledad
Rogelio Conesa
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Very affecting, bitter sweet movie
31 August 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

For two thirds of this film I was spellbound and then it suddenly span away from me. Listening to the director speaking afterwards, I think I know what went wrong and I shall have to view again some time to find out. It is all very watchable but slightly confusing towards the end, which is a shame and may be my fault, that of the director or even of Mexico itself. Whilst I have never been to the country it did seem that part of the lifeblood of this movie was the tangled city of contradictions itself. Even though not perfect in my eyes there was enough to show that this is a director of keen and original talent who will produce much more. His liking to work with non actors is welcome and his treatment of actual graphic sex is stunning. Very affecting, bitter sweet movie.

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