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A Little Trip to Heaven (2005)

A husband and wife tangle with an investigator over her dead brother's million-dollar insurance policy.

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Baltasar Kormákur

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kharl Anton Leigh Kharl Anton Leigh ... Young Boy Rodriguez
Peter Coyote ... Frank
Forest Whitaker ... Abe Holt
Juan Carlos Pardo Pardo Juan Carlos Pardo Pardo ... Mr. Rodriguez
Damon Younger ... Long Haired Man
Jeremy Renner ... Fred
Joanna Scanlan ... Josie
Iddo Goldberg ... Russle
Philip Jackson ... William
Julia Stiles ... Isold
Alfred Harmsworth Alfred Harmsworth ... Thor
Vladas Bagdonas ... Coroner
Felix Eyjólfsson Felix Eyjólfsson ... Auto Mechanic
Margrét Ólafsdóttir Margrét Ólafsdóttir ... Elderly lady in the Park
Birgir Sigurðsson Birgir Sigurðsson ... Elderly man in a commercial (as Birgir Sigurdsson)
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After a suspicious fatal car accident in Hastings where the identity of the victim was forged, the Quality Life insurance company sends their smart investigator Abe Holt to identify the body. The unique beneficiary of the one million dollars death benefit is the sister of the victim, Isold, who lives with her son Thor and her husband Fred in a poor cabin in the middle of nowhere. Along the investigation, Abe discloses the truth about the fraud, but feels sorry for Isold and Thor and tries to help them with tragic consequences. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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There is no such thing as a no fault death. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language, some violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »
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Country:

Iceland | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 2005 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fraude See more »

Filming Locations:

Hastings, Minnesota, USA See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

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2.35 : 1
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Forest Whitaker and Jeremy Renner would later appear in Arrival (2016). See more »

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The DVD release was re-cut to open differently from the theatrical release. The original opening appears in the DVD's deleted scenes section. See more »

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Good Story, Disappointing Conclusion
21 February 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

After a suspicious fatal car accident in Hastings where the identity of the victim was forged, the Quality Life insurance company sends their smart investigator Abe Holt (Forrest Whitaker) to identify the body. The unique beneficiary of the one million dollars death benefit is the sister of the victim, Isold (Julia Stiles), who lives with her son Thor and her husband Fred (Jeremy Renner) in a poor cabin in the middle of nowhere. Along the investigation, Abe discloses the truth about the fraud, but feels sorry for Isold and Thor and tries to help them with tragic consequences.

"Little Trip to Heaven" has a good premise, showing both sides of the insurance policies, with some fraudulent cases of clients and questionable procedures of the companies themselves. The story is good, with a suspenseful atmosphere in a dramatic and tense situation. In spite of the very disappointing conclusion, this movie worth watching. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "A Fraude" ("The Fraud")


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