A woman takes the law into her own hands after police ignore her pleas to arrest the man responsible for her husband's death, and finds herself not only under arrest for murder but falling in love with an officer.

Director:

Tom Tykwer

Writers:

Krzysztof Kieslowski (trilogy "Heaven, Hell and Purgatory"), Krzysztof Piesiewicz (trilogy "Heaven, Hell and Purgatory") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cate Blanchett ... Philippa
Giovanni Ribisi ... Filippo
Remo Girone ... Filippo's Father
Stefania Rocca ... Regina
Alessandro Sperduti ... Ariel
Mattia Sbragia ... Major Pini
Stefano Santospago Stefano Santospago ... Mr. Vendice
Alberto Di Stasio Alberto Di Stasio ... The Prosecutor
Giovanni Vettorazzo Giovanni Vettorazzo ... The Inspector
Gianfranco Barra ... The Lieutenant
Vincent Riotta ... Chief Guard
Mauro Marino Mauro Marino ... Doctor
Stefania Orsola Garello Stefania Orsola Garello ... Vendice's Secretary
Fausto Lombardi ... Father High Rise
Giorgia Coppa Giorgia Coppa ... Older Daughter
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Storyline

Love, retribution and redemption. Devastated by her husband's death from a drug overdose, Philippa, a British teacher living in Turin, Italy, tries to bring justice to the biggest drug dealer in Turin when the local police ignore her information about him. In building a home-made bomb and setting off a plan that fails miserably, her status changes from young widow to that of a criminal in custody. Young police officer Filipo descends into Philippa's life, changing her bleak outlook on existence into one in search of tranquility among corruption, as they become unlikely soul mates and lovers. Written by Anna <dimenxia@yahoo.com>

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love | death | bomb | police | justice | See All (124) »

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When you take justice into your own hands, what are the consequences? See more »


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Rated R for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The first of a planned trilogy Krzysztof Kieslowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz wrote before Kieslowski's death: Heaven, Hell and Purgatory. See more »

Goofs

The train shown when Filippo and Philippa arrive in Tuscany is not compatible with the passenger car seen from the inside in earlier shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Helicopter Pilot: [in Italian supervising simulation] Follow the terrain. Good. Keep it perpendicular to the ridge. That's it. Under real conditions you might have to compensate for the wind here. Now, maintain you height. Watch your height, careful.
[climbing higher simulator switches off]
Helicopter Pilot: In a real helicopter you can't just keep flying higher.
Filippo: How high can I fly?
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Soundtracks

Spiegel im Spiegel
Composed by Arvo Pärt
Performed by Vladimir Spivakov (violin), Sergej Bezrodny (piano)
Produced by Manfred Eicher
ECM New Series
Courtesy of Universal Edition, Vienna
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Beautiful cinematography and music
17 March 2003 | by rbverhoefSee all my reviews

Cate Blanchett is Philippa, an English teacher who plants a bomb in an office. She wants to kill the boss there because he is a drugdealer and because his fault children died. The boss is not killed, four innocent people are, including two children. In jail she is interrogated and a translater named Filippo (Giovanni Ribisi) falls in love with her and helps her. I will not reveal with what exactly or how he helps her but the woman will have the chance to pay her dues on her own way.

The story set in Italy (Blanchett and Ribisi speak perfectly Italian in the movie) is a beautiful, tragic and intelligent one. The cinematography is great. Together with the music the film takes it time and doesn't rush things. It makes the movie, with a lot of symbolism, even more beautiful. Very interesting, written by the late Krzysztof Kieslowky (writer/director of Dekalog and Trois Couleurs) and Krzysztof Piesiewicz and directed by Tom Tykwer (director of Lola Rennt). Ribisi is very good and Blanchett is great.


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Country:

UK | France | Italy | Germany | USA

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

21 February 2002 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Heaven See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,909, 6 October 2002

Gross USA:

$784,399

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,247,089
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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