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Battle in Heaven (2005)

Batalla en el cielo (original title)
Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 26 October 2005 (France)
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Marcos lusts after his boss's promiscuous daughter, but after botching an extortion scheme, he becomes wracked with guilt.

Director:

Carlos Reygadas

Writer:

Carlos Reygadas
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Details

Country:

Mexico | France | Belgium | Germany

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

26 October 2005 (France) 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

Gross USA:

$70,899
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) |

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »


Soundtracks

Colaboración musical
Written by Juan Gómez-Acebo and Federico Ortiz-Cañavate
Performed by Big Metra
(Mantequilla Records)
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The Burden laid upon a Latin American Married Man's Psyche because of his actions...
30 January 2006 | by JanioEdwardsSee all my reviews

At first I was engrossed by the first minutes of the film. But having analysed the narrative structure and I came to the conclusion that in fact the beginning of the film is the vital part of the film which makes up the middle and the end of the film. There is a psychoanalytical perspective to take into consideration. One has to take into consideration the Latin American culture and the role of the man, to understand the pressures that revolve around the main character's psyche. The burden of his actions, both in having kidnapped a child and the consequences of his infidelity. This film at first seemed boring and slow, but once reflected upon can be added a few extra points. Aesthetics and psychological analysis within the narrative are strong points to look into...but didn't love it...But please bare in mind this is not a Porn film as supposedly wished in the previous critique.


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