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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 loves of her life: her boyfriend and heroin. 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 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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A young woman struggles to reconcile her loves of her life: her boyfriend and heroin. She finds out that suicide is the only way for her boyfriend to forgive her for her misdeed.

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

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Trivia

Ezra Miller was initially considered for the role that eventually went to Caleb Landry Jones. 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 »

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Gardens In The Rain
Performed by Isao Tomita
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Captivatingly abrasive but too thematically aimless.
15 September 2015 | by Sergeant_TibbsSee all my reviews

There are few films as unforgiving as Heaven Knows What. With its blistering soundtrack and rough in-your-face photography, you're either captivated or eyeing the exit. The Safdie brothers fictionalised retelling of Arielle Holmes life on the street, as played impressively by herself, is relentlessly bleak. The only joy is securing a dose of heroin. It doesn't keep track of names or days, just showing how she survives moment-to-moment. That kind of loose narrative thread void of character backstories can work if it holds together thematically, but Heaven Knows What isn't clear what it's trying to say besides showing the life of an addict. It latches onto hints of a theme of unrequited love, as demonstrated by Holmes' toxic relationship with her easy-to-loathe on-off-again boyfriend Ilya. Not that he has to be likable - the devastating first act where he encourages her to commit suicide is the film's finest stretch - but he's so loathsome that he drag the film down with him. Holmes has her own moments of venom, though it's balanced with vulnerability. Perhaps his purpose thematically is that he represents her relationship with heroin, but that's too on-the-nose and flimsy to bolster the film's quality. Instead, the film hinges on that docu-style commitment from both the directors and the cast. Certainly an emotionally exhausting experience with the aesthetics, I just wish it was more thoroughly explored on paper first.

7/10


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Opening Weekend USA:

$16,862, 31 May 2015

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$80,734

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,417
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