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Heaven Adores You (2014)

Heaven Adores You is an intimate, meditative inquiry into the life and music of Elliott Smith. By threading the music of Elliott Smith through the dense, yet often isolating landscapes of ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Herself (archive footage)
Himself / Director (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Himself / Director (as Ross Harris)
Himself / Musician, Composer, Producer
Elliott Smith ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself / Radio Host KCRW,Los Angeles
Mark Flanagan ...
Himself / Owner, Club Largo
Autumn de Wilde ...
Herself / Photographer, Director
Himself (archive footage)
Kevin Moyer ...
Himself / Attended Lincoln High School
Dorien Garry ...
Herself / Friend Elliott & Publicist
Paul Pulvirenti ...
Himself / Musician, XO Tour
Sean Croghan ...
Himself / Musician, Crackerbash, Junior High
Larry Crane ...
Himself / Archivist, Owner of Jackpot! Studios, Portland


Heaven Adores You is an intimate, meditative inquiry into the life and music of Elliott Smith. By threading the music of Elliott Smith through the dense, yet often isolating landscapes of the three major cities he lived in -- Portland, New York City, Los Angeles -- Heaven Adores You presents a visual journey and an earnest review of the singer's prolific songwriting and the impact it continues to have on fans, friends, and fellow musicians. Written by Heaven Adores You

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The music and life of Elliott Smith.


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5 May 2014 (USA)  »

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Heaven Adores You: A Documentary Film About the Life & Music of Elliott Smith  »

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$600,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Was partially funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign that Nickolas Rossi ran in October 2011. See more »

Crazy Credits

In the theatrical version of the film, the last lyrics heard after the end credit roll is Elliott Smith singing, " See you in a little bit my baby. See you underneath the willow tree" See more »


Plainclothes Man
Written by Elliott Smith
Performed by Heatmiser
October 29, 1996 // Produced by Heatmiser / Recorded at the heatmiser house
and mixed with Rob Schnapf & Tom Rothrock at The Shop
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A great tribute though not necessarily a great documentary
27 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was able to catch the world premiere of this film in San Francisco. When I came in, I had absolutely no idea who Elliott Smith was, and that's what made this experience good. Elliott Smith is a very talented musician (as most fans already know), and it was a great choice from the director to use his music to move the film forward and to be a part of telling this story. But not even his music could make this "documentary" any less bland.

I put quotations over the word because this did not feel like a documentary, rather a nice tribute to a renowned artist. I give props to the director for helping introduce this young man, showing his awkwardness, humbleness, messy look, and troublesome upcoming into the music industry. But what starts out as a promising look into Elliott Smith's mind is ultimately diminished by lack of substance. I felt that there wasn't enough of Elliott Smith's own perspective of himself, rather memories of family and friends. And though memories can be exciting, funny, etc., there is still something missing from the entirety of a memory when told to people who weren't there.

When watching the movie, it is obvious that the director has background in cinematography because there are some beautifully filmed things. But the shots are so gratuitous. Quite frankly, it drove me crazy to see shots of Portland after a while because it took up almost half the movie! The film shouldn't have revolved around Portland, rather Portland should have been an aspect of Elliott Smith's career.

Overall, this movie is definitely more for fans than for those who don't know about him.

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