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To alleviate the boredom, and make more men watch the movie, there are a few sex/nudity scenes. Even these aren't appealing, as they are fairly perverse and seemed included to gross out the audience. In some way they do go to demonstrate the personality and life of the lead character, so aren't entirely gratuitous.
Performances are okay, I suppose, given what the actors had to work with.
Best thing (and only good thing) about the movie is the end, of course. And it seems to arrive out of the blue. One of the more pleasant surprises in my movie-watching life.
In the late seventies and eighties the Dutch films became famous by their on the edgy tone of voice, lots of nudity and because of Paul Verhoevens way of directing. ( and a few others) In those days remarkable stuff. A film like Spetters was a disgrace for the professional reviewers, but the public loved it, a new phenomenon was born. Movies like Turkish Fruit and 'Spetters became with the years more popular, The Dutch Cinema had his own face.Sharp as a knife, tolerant and edgy.
On the International Filmfestival Rotterdam, in years the worst festival in film offers, selected Heaven as a sneak preview. Heaven is definitely the worst movie i completely watched in years. It;s a real hell!
All those Dutchies ingredients from the eighties were brought in and yes of course after a minute the first sexual brutality was shown on the screen. I don't have any problem with that as long as it has a function. It becomes annoying if you have the feeling its' done to provoke or to make money. This film is empty, has beside of a good leading role a terrible, monotone Hans Dagelet in a leading role.. The tone of the film is nasty, negative and full of.. eh nothing.. The director was more thinking about making from a cinematographic point of view nice shots, than thinking about the content of this movie
Biggest problem is that you don't want to leave the film, waiting for the unexpected which makes this film worth watching. In the beginning of the film the future ex of Hans Dagelet tells the leading lady in the movie that she keeps everybody on a distance or is difficult to look into. Excuse my English, but i think you got my point. From that moment on that is the question to be answered. Well people, i can tell you without giving away the story that this will never happen. Sa
Safe your money in your pocket, you will probably find this movie in you 1 euro box somewhere at a Gas station. But it to give away to your biggest enemy... it will definitely hit her or him.
IFF shame on you....