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Heaven Knows What (2014)

R | | Drama | 29 May 2015 (USA)
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A young woman struggles to reconcile her love for her boyfriend and for heroin, as she finds out that suicide is the only way for her boyfriend to forgive her for her misdeed.

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Arielle Holmes (inspired by a book written by), Josh Safdie | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arielle Holmes ... Harley
Caleb Landry Jones ... Ilya
Buddy Duress ... Mike
Necro ... Skully
Isaac Adams Isaac Adams ... Isaac
Diana Singh Diana Singh ... Diana
Benjamin Hampton Benjamin Hampton ... Antoine
Manny Aguila Manny Aguila ... Evan
Eleonore Hendricks ... Erica (as Eléonore Hendricks)
Yuri Pleskun Yuri Pleskun ... Tommy, Drug Dealer
Maynard Nicholl Maynard Nicholl ... Maynard
Brian Hodges Brian Hodges ... Brian
Misty Mccall Misty Mccall ... Misty
Mike Patellis Mike Patellis ... Marcos, Mike's Supplier
Aaron Keller Aaron Keller ... Hasidic Man
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Storyline

A young woman struggles to reconcile her love for her boyfriend and for heroin, as she finds out that suicide is the only way for her boyfriend to forgive her for her misdeed.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use throughout, pervasive language, disturbing and violent images, sexuality, and graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Italian

Release Date:

29 May 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor, Drogas e Nova York See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,862, 31 May 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$80,015, 2 August 2015
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Company Credits

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Hardstyle,Iconoclast See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The lead, Arielle Holmes lived on the streets of NYC prior to this film and after being discovered by the filmmakers Ben & Josh Safdie, she wrote and texted them almost every situation and story she experienced via her heroin addiction, her tragic relationship with Ilya and life on the streets of NYC. When the film began shooting, Arielle Holmes got clean and remained clean throughout the shoot. See more »

Goofs

In the scene after Ilya hitchhikes, he is seen dropping the paper surrounding his DayQuil bottle on the floor. In the next scene when he drinks from it again, the paper is still surrounding the bottle. See more »

Quotes

Skully: You ain't gettin' rid of me, I ain't going nowhere.
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Connections

Features Hellraiser: Revelations (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The Engulfed Cathedral
Performed by Isao Tomita
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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The foreign, but familiar world of junkies in NYC.
22 November 2015 | by cernachcSee all my reviews

This is an incredible touching, intimate and stark film. You follow a young woman, who seems so fragile lost in a world we all fear filled with drugs, hopelessness and even more frightening: Love. We've all seen the passionate and outlandish arguments on the street between people that call it home, but we disregard it all as fleeting and inhuman. This film puts a human face to the people we turn away from so quickly. I commend the filmmakers for not making heroin sexy. It's a sad disease you contract that's taken three of my close friends. This film helps us better understand drug abuse and the people stuck in that cycle. It couldn't have felt more real.


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