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Heaven Knows What (2014)

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Harley loves Ilya. He gives her life purpose and sets her passion ablaze. So, when he asks her to prove her love by slitting her wrists, she obliges with only mild hesitation, perhaps because of her other all-consuming love: heroin.

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Isaac Adams ...
Isaac
Diana Singh ...
Diana
Benjamin Hampton ...
Antoine
Manny Aguila ...
Evan
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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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Harley loves Ilya. He gives her life purpose and sets her passion ablaze. So, when he asks her to prove her love by slitting her wrists, she obliges with only mild hesitation, perhaps because of her other all-consuming love: heroin.

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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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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 »

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 »

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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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Love, unrequited; but there is always heroin.
22 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

I guess I'm writing this review after seeing the one and only other review. This film is actually really very good, and for what its showing: perfect. Time is different for some people. Those with heroin in their lives don't live as we do. For them time doesn't really exist.

There is a flow and it is somewhat linear though quantum leaps here and there are possible at anytime.

There is always need.

The opening is a dream. One of Harley's perfect moments in 'time' smashed by a realisation. She has to kill herself for the man she loves? Combine this with Heroins ebb and flow and it becomes even more intense.

Love unrequited but really Ilya loves Harley too... right?

What will you do for love? Anything. What will you do for Heroin? Almost anything?

The film flows through days and night though really we are just allowed to view their lives for a short train ride. The end is Malick in style - life just keeps on flowing.

I read up a little on Arielle Holmes (Harley) - she has lived the lifestyle, and some parts of the film are based on her adventures!

It's very realistic. Just watch it all, let it flow.

Oh also, the use of modular synths and sound instead of voice (in parts) is very effective, the latter trying something new and it worked.


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