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Batalla en el cielo (2005)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 26 October 2005 (Belgium)
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Marcos lusts after his boss's promiscuous daughter, but after botching an extortion scheme, he becomes wracked with guilt.

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Carlos Reygadas

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Carlos Reygadas
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Cast

Credited cast:
Marcos Hernández ... Marcos
Anapola Mushkadiz ... Ana
Bertha Ruiz Bertha Ruiz ... Marcos' Wife
David Bornstein David Bornstein ... Jaime
Rosalinda Ramirez Rosalinda Ramirez ... Viky
El Abuelo El Abuelo ... Chief of Police
Brenda Angulo Brenda Angulo ... Madame
El Mago El Mago ... Preacher
Francisco 'El Gato' Martínez Francisco 'El Gato' Martínez ... Gas Station Attendant
Diego Martínez Vignatti Diego Martínez Vignatti ... Soccer Player
Alejandro Mayar Alejandro Mayar ... Police Inspector
Chavo Nava Chavo Nava ... Neurotic Conductor
Estela Tamariz Estela Tamariz ... Ines
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michelle Aizpuru Michelle Aizpuru ... Adolescentes que llegan de fiesta
Valeria Alvarez Valeria Alvarez ... Ninos que juegan
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Storyline

A working-class man named Marcos and his wife kidnap a baby for ransom money, but it goes tragically wrong when the infant dies. In another world is Ana, the daughter of the general for whom he drives, who does sexual acts to any man for pleasure. Marcos confesses his guilt to her in his troubled search for relief, and then finds himself on his knees amid the multitude of believers moving slowly toward the Basilica in honor of the Lady of Guadalupe. Written by the coproduction office

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

26 October 2005 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle in Heaven See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€1,601,792 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,306, 19 February 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$70,899, 25 June 2006
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Runtime:

| (director's cut) |

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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For the US theatrical poster hair was digitally added to cover the breasts of Anapola Mushkadiz. See more »

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During the scene where Ana and Marcos are making love, as the camera pans out, a crew member's reflection can be seen in the window. See more »

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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Marcha procesional de Córdoba
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awesome cinematic tour of life in urban hell
5 May 2006 | by p-gonzoSee all my reviews

Battle in Heaven is an epic adventure in film in the urban world. It thrusts the viewer into many small worlds without fully explaining each world or how they are connected. You must be open and receive this film or you might be frustrated. The camera-work is radical in style yet actually slow and simple. It's just that nobody takes this truly panoramic approach. The use of music is also powerful and moving. Reygadas has really proved himself a force in cinema with this film.

Thematically, the film touches on many views -- one example if the fact that almost everyone looks ugly in this film, yet not repulsive. There is also a sense of raw sexual abandonment despite the lack of eroticism.

As well, the film deals with Mexican nationalism, and its Catholicism, and the army, in ways that will have relevance for Mexicans. There is beauty in this movie and the feeling of life's inherent tragedy. Decadence is present and evil casually introduced as an aside. You will also be awed by the bravery of the actors and moved by the raw and close-to-real sex acts.


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