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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Philippa
... Filippo
... Filippo's Father
... Regina
Alessandro Sperduti ... Ariel
... Major Pini
Stefano Santospago ... Mr. Vendice
Alberto Di Stasio ... The Prosecutor
Giovanni Vettorazzo ... The Inspector
Gianfranco Barra ... The Lieutenant
Vincent Riotta ... Chief Guard
Mauro Marino ... Doctor
Stefania Orsola Garello ... Vendice's Secretary
... Father High Rise
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 (123) »

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What Would You Risk For Love? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Miramax [United States]

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Release Date:

21 February 2002 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

En el cielo  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Giovanni Ribisi and Cate Blanchett were both in The Gift (2000). 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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Connections

References Vertigo (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Silence
Composed by Tom Tykwer
Performed by Tom Tykwer (piano)
Recording Engineered by Johannes Koeniger
Produced by Xaver Naudascher & Tom Tykwer
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Of the 1,000's of films I've seen and taught in college classes, this is perhaps the greatest of them all.
20 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Obviously, from the summary of this review, I consider _Heaven_ perhaps the most beautiful film I've seen. As a writer and professor, I still consider film my foremost love of all the arts. In consequence, I've seen thousands of films--and those include nearly every one of the hundreds which are considered the greatest in the medium.

After multiple viewings, I place Heaven at the top. The direction and cinematography are both remarkable, the story utterly compelling, and the performances--especially Cate's--beyond compare. It is actually the overwhelming power and beauty of Cate that's the core of the film's art. It's not just "acting," but the combination of unearthly beauty, top-tier cinematography, *and* her talent that makes this a level above Streep, Dench, Bergman, Hepburn, and any other great at their absolute best.

I suppose it's hard to imagine the existence of a full level beyond what we consider--previously--to have been the most beautiful and artful female performance on screen. But that level is here, and it's clear.


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