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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harley
... Ilya
... Mike
... Skully
Isaac Adams ... Isaac
Diana Singh ... Diana
Benjamin Hampton ... Antoine
Manny Aguila ... Evan
... Erica (as Eléonore Hendricks)
Yuri Pleskun ... Tommy, Drug Dealer
Maynard Nicholl ... Maynard
Brian Hodges ... Brian
Misty Mccall ... Misty
Mike Patellis ... Marcos, Mike's Supplier
Aaron Keller ... Hasidic Man
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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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Rated R for drug use throughout, pervasive language, disturbing and violent images, sexuality, and graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Amor, Drogas e Nova York  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$16,862, 31 May 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$80,015, 2 August 2015
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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 »

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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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Features Hellraiser: Revelations (2011) See more »

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Performed by Tangerine Dream
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Homeless and drug addiction, with the backdrop of a little romance.
4 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

This film reminds me the Al Pacino's 'The Panic in Needle Park'. The independent filmmakers Safdie brothers directed it that inspired by the real life story of Arielle Holmes, who also starred in the lead role. This is definitely a depressing film, seeing those faces, eyes, makes sick. But a very realistic film, kind of aimless plot, till the final quarter and then with a small twist, the tale comes to an end.

I have seen it and if you ask me about the story, I say its hard to describe, but it can be only watched like a documentary film. Over ninety minutes, the film revealed the life of homeless people. Like from their day beginning to the nightfall, how they make it and their preferences. So it is not an inspiring film, though at least there's something you can learn about them.

After knowing the theme, I thought there would be lots of violence like rapes, stealing, cops and maybe killing. Surprisingly, it was none of those, not exactly, except drug addiction and sometimes stealing to buy drugs. Looks like from this film, the actress got a breakthrough, particularly in her life. I hope its turnover from hereon. I appreciate the directors for that who made a difference in someone's life. Don't think it is a film for entertainment, watch it if you are interested in the documentary film. So it's not for everybody, but some will find it good or maybe decent.

6/10


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