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Battle in Heaven (2005)

Batalla en el cielo (original title)
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.

Director:

Carlos Reygadas

Writer:

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Writer/director Carlos Reygadas shot crowded street scenes in the middle of real crowds. Cameraman Diego Martínez Vignatti sat in a wheelchair and they just pushed him through everyone. Luckily, no one who passed by looked into the camera lens. 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

Mexicans, at the shout of war (Mexico National Anthem)
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Written by Francisco González Bocanegra and Jaime Nunó
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Redemption
12 September 2005 | by JamesterSee all my reviews

There are many redeeming qualities about this movie, and I think it's better than most people are making it out to be. I really hope the idea of a struggle for redemption comes through. It did for me. If it does, then the film, in my view, succeeds in telling the story that it should. I should mention, the opening scene really pulled me in. How could it not, being graphic and striking? Some people might think it was gratuitous. I think it was integral to the story.

Element after element, plot event after event set the tone for a story that is being told. I could really appreciate the commentary about the extremes some people may go to (kidnapping) in Mexico. It's not an ordinary topic, and it's treated very well. Very creative. Including the title which I thought was very suitable for the film.

Give this a try. It's good if you're in the mood to get a slice of life of Mexico. I think it does just that in a creative and entertaining way!


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