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Batalla en el cielo (2005)

Unrated | | Crime, 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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Credited cast:
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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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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Crime | Drama

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26 October 2005 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

Battle in Heaven  »

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Budget:

€1,601,792 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,306, 19 February 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$70,899, 25 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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Mexicans, at the shout of war (Mexico National Anthem)
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Written by Francisco González Bocanegra and Jaime Nunó
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awesome cinematic tour of life in urban hell
5 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

Battle in Heaven is an epic adventure in film in the urban world. It thrusts the viewer into many small worlds without fully explaining each world or how they are connected. You must be open and receive this film or you might be frustrated. The camera-work is radical in style yet actually slow and simple. It's just that nobody takes this truly panoramic approach. The use of music is also powerful and moving. Reygadas has really proved himself a force in cinema with this film.

Thematically, the film touches on many views -- one example if the fact that almost everyone looks ugly in this film, yet not repulsive. There is also a sense of raw sexual abandonment despite the lack of eroticism.

As well, the film deals with Mexican nationalism, and its Catholicism, and the army, in ways that will have relevance for Mexicans. There is beauty in this movie and the feeling of life's inherent tragedy. Decadence is present and evil casually introduced as an aside. You will also be awed by the bravery of the actors and moved by the raw and close-to-real sex acts.


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