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Heaven (2002)

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A woman takes the law into her own hands after police ignore her pleas to arrest the man responsible for her husband's death, and finds herself not only under arrest for murder but falling in love with an officer.

Director:

Tom Tykwer

Writers:

Krzysztof Kieslowski (trilogy "Heaven, Hell and Purgatory"), Krzysztof Piesiewicz (trilogy "Heaven, Hell and Purgatory") | 2 more credits »
6 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cate Blanchett ... Philippa
Giovanni Ribisi ... Filippo
Remo Girone ... Filippo's Father
Stefania Rocca ... Regina
Alessandro Sperduti ... Ariel
Mattia Sbragia ... Major Pini
Stefano Santospago Stefano Santospago ... Mr. Vendice
Alberto Di Stasio Alberto Di Stasio ... The Prosecutor
Giovanni Vettorazzo Giovanni Vettorazzo ... The Inspector
Gianfranco Barra Gianfranco Barra ... The Lieutenant
Vincent Riotta Vincent Riotta ... Chief Guard
Mauro Marino Mauro Marino ... Doctor
Stefania Orsola Garello Stefania Orsola Garello ... Vendice's Secretary
Fausto Lombardi ... Father High Rise
Giorgia Coppa Giorgia Coppa ... Older Daughter
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Storyline

Love, retribution and redemption. Devastated by her husband's death from a drug overdose, Philippa, a British teacher living in Turin, Italy, tries to bring justice to the biggest drug dealer in Turin when the local police ignore her information about him. In building a home-made bomb and setting off a plan that fails miserably, her status changes from young widow to that of a criminal in custody. Young police officer Filipo descends into Philippa's life, changing her bleak outlook on existence into one in search of tranquility among corruption, as they become unlikely soul mates and lovers. Written by Anna <dimenxia@yahoo.com>

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love | death | bomb | police | justice | See All (124) »

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When you take justice into your own hands, what are the consequences? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Miramax [United States]

Country:

UK | France | Italy | Germany | USA

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

21 February 2002 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

En el cielo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£78,207 (United Kingdom), 11 August 2002, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,909, 6 October 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$774,317, 8 December 2002
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first of a planned trilogy Krzysztof Kieslowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz wrote before Kieslowski's death: Heaven, Hell and Purgatory. See more »

Goofs

The train shown when Filippo and Philippa arrive in Tuscany is not compatible with the passenger car seen from the inside in earlier shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Helicopter Pilot: [in Italian supervising simulation] Follow the terrain. Good. Keep it perpendicular to the ridge. That's it. Under real conditions you might have to compensate for the wind here. Now, maintain you height. Watch your height, careful.
[climbing higher simulator switches off]
Helicopter Pilot: In a real helicopter you can't just keep flying higher.
Filippo: How high can I fly?
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Connections

References A Perfect World (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Interrogation / Finale
Composed by Tom Tykwer
Performed by Tom Tykwer (piano), Jan Tilman Schade (violoncello) (as Jan Schade)
Produced by Xaver Naudascher & Tom Tykwer
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User Reviews

Nothing typical, everything beautiful in a movie.
9 February 2004 | by ShrinkSteveSee all my reviews

This is not an ordinary movie. Watching this film is like watching a poem. it is too bad that some reviewers here have to see everything in the plug and play mode meant for short attention spans. This is a work of art intended to be tasted, smelled, seen, and touched. It enlivens the senses, touches the heart, and moves you with little dialog. Blanchett doesn't have to speak. Her face tells the pain of her loss, her remorse for her actions, and her lack of relief from her revenge. Ribisi is stunning as the outwardly simple, infatuated boy-like man with subtly revealed inner strength and cunning. Sometimes it is nice to take a break from the usual fare and take a ride on a work of art. I loved this film and will watch it again.


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