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Heaven (2002)

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.

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Filippo's Father
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Regina
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Ariel
Mattia Sbragia ...
Major Pini
Stefano Santospago ...
Mr. Vendice
Alberto Di Stasio ...
The Prosecutor
Giovanni Vettorazzo ...
Gianfranco Barra ...
The Lieutenant
Vincent Riotta ...
Chief Guard
Mauro Marino ...
Doctor
Stefania Orsola Garello ...
Vendice's Secretary
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Father High Rise
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 (123) »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 February 2002 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

En el cielo  »

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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

Crewmembers are briefly reflected in the front of a train as we see the main characters walk away from the train. Specifically, look for a man in a red tee-shirt. 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 G.I. Jane (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

6 Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinushka
Composed by Arvo Pärt
Performed by David Arden (piano)
Koch International
Courtesy of Universal Edition, Vienna
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Beautiful cinematography and music
17 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

Cate Blanchett is Philippa, an English teacher who plants a bomb in an office. She wants to kill the boss there because he is a drugdealer and because his fault children died. The boss is not killed, four innocent people are, including two children. In jail she is interrogated and a translater named Filippo (Giovanni Ribisi) falls in love with her and helps her. I will not reveal with what exactly or how he helps her but the woman will have the chance to pay her dues on her own way.

The story set in Italy (Blanchett and Ribisi speak perfectly Italian in the movie) is a beautiful, tragic and intelligent one. The cinematography is great. Together with the music the film takes it time and doesn't rush things. It makes the movie, with a lot of symbolism, even more beautiful. Very interesting, written by the late Krzysztof Kieslowky (writer/director of Dekalog and Trois Couleurs) and Krzysztof Piesiewicz and directed by Tom Tykwer (director of Lola Rennt). Ribisi is very good and Blanchett is great.


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