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The Discovery of Heaven (2001)

God is disappointed with the human race and wants his stone tablets back. An angel is given the assignment and, with Gabriëls help, tries to manipulate several humans on earth to get his ... See full summary »

Director:

Jeroen Krabbé

Writers:

Harry Mulisch (novel), Edwin de Vries
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3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maureen Lipman ... Figure 1
Will Bowden ... Angel (as Viv Weatherall)
Jeroen Krabbé ... Gabriel (as Jeroen Krabbe)
Stephen Fry ... Onno
Gillian Barge ... Onno's mother
Nettie Blanken Nettie Blanken ... Coba
Victoria Carling Victoria Carling ... Margareth Quist
Lois de Jong Lois de Jong ... Granddaughter Quist (as Loïs de Jong)
John Franklyn-Robbins John Franklyn-Robbins ... Onno's father (as John Franklyn Robbins)
Geraldine Alexander ... Trees Quist
Nicholas Palliser Nicholas Palliser ... Diederik Quist
Greg Wise ... Max
Emma Fielding ... Helga
Sean Harris ... Bart Bork
Molly Hallam ... Red Haired Protestor
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God is disappointed with the human race and wants his stone tablets back. An angel is given the assignment and, with Gabriëls help, tries to manipulate several humans on earth to get his job done. But humans have a will of their own... Written by Anonymous

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Coincidence doesn't exist, everything happens for a reason. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

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Country:

Netherlands | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2001 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

A törvény terhe See more »

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Budget:

NLG 20,000,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After all the auditions for 16-year-old Quinten were done without much success, Jeroen Krabbé stared out of the window and Neil Newbon happened to pass by. "That's what Quinten should look like" he mumbled, not yet knowing the guy was an actor. See more »

Quotes

Max: I've discovered you, you bastards!
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Featured in Brows Held High: The Discovery of Heaven (2012) See more »

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A new level for Jeroen Krabbe
13 December 2001 | by lawrence-3See all my reviews

There is a lot to say about the movie, but I think you should enjoy it yourself. For me it was balancing the odds. First of all Harry Mulisch is not your average writer. I could never get into his books.

You might wonder why bother? Well that can be told in two words 'the Assault'. It got a Oscar, but even beyond that. The movie is an amazing story about the life of a boy that changes when a collaborator is executed in front of his house. The second factor was Jeroen Krabbe. He is an okay actor. Over the big international field nothing fantastic but for Dutch terms one of the best actors we have. When I saw his movie 'left luggage' I was totally overwhelmed. As a director he is at least 10 times better then as an actor. These factors made me check out 'The Discovery of Heaven.' The book I could never read. Well, it was an amazing journey. From the very beginning you will be mesmerized with the images of places unlike you would expect. The dialogues, the personality of the people and the settings. It is almost like the settings in the world politics were set up especially for these events. I think that the most amazing part is that you can go through the dialogues without ever wondering when the next action scene will be. Jeroen plays with the settings like they are part of the conversation itself.

But what is it about?

Well apparently god is not too pleased with the way the world turns. So he decides to remove his influence. This can only be done by sending someone down to get the tablets. So two men will meet a woman, the beautiful Ada Brons (Flora Montgomery) one will become the father and the child will grow up slowly receiving the images that will lead to the tablets containing the 10 commandments. The only problem is that time is running out. God's deadline must be met.

I can't wait to get this one on DVD.


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