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Heaven (2002)

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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 »
6 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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 Gianfranco Barra ... The Lieutenant
Vincent Riotta 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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Plot Keywords:

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

Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Miramax [United States]

Country:

UK | France | Italy | Germany | USA

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

21 February 2002 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

En el cielo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£78,207 (United Kingdom), 11 August 2002, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,909, 6 October 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$774,317, 8 December 2002
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cate Blanchett jumped at the chance of shaving off her hair for the film, finding the experience to be very liberating. See more »

Goofs

Crewmembers are briefly reflected in the front of a train as we see the main characters walk away from the train. Specifically, look for a man in a red tee-shirt. 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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Connections

Followed by L'enfer (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Heaven Elisir
Original Composition "L'elisir d'amore"
Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Original Libretto by Felice Romani
Performed by Antonella Voce (vocal), Mauro Rimauro (clarinet), Ancongiulio Galeandro (accordion),
Franco Fraioli (bass), Marco Schiavoni (guitar)
Wedding music Arranged by Marco Schiavoni
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User Reviews

Wonderful
13 January 2004 | by ptrobSee all my reviews

A gorgeous film, start to finish. Within ten minutes you'll know your in the hands of a real talent. By the middle you'll be hypnotized. It's ravishing and beautiful.

And yet it's not all soppy. The whole point of seeing this film isn't pretty pictures, but a slowly evolving story and relationship between two people caught in a hellish situation. That it's gorgeous, fascinating, and spell-like all in one is just part of the treat.

I've seen other posters here complain that the direction of this film isn't in the tradition of "Three Colors" or other of Krzysztof Kieslowski's work; as if, because the story is based on one of his ideas, the follow-through had to be some sort of homage. That strikes me as totally irrelevant. The idea came to other hands, who made a film according to their own lights. There's no need to compare what-might-have-beens. This is a beautiful, transcendent film. See it.


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