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Battle in Heaven (2005)

Batalla en el cielo (original title)
Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 26 October 2005 (France)
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Marcos lusts after his boss's promiscuous daughter, but after botching an extortion scheme, he becomes wracked with guilt.

Director:

Carlos Reygadas

Writer:

Carlos Reygadas
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Marcos Hernández ... Marcos
Anapola Mushkadiz ... Ana
Bertha Ruiz Bertha Ruiz ... Marcos' Wife
David Bornstein David Bornstein ... Jaime
Rosalinda Ramirez Rosalinda Ramirez ... Viky
El Abuelo El Abuelo ... Chief of Police
Brenda Angulo Brenda Angulo ... Madame
El Mago El Mago ... Preacher
Francisco 'El Gato' Martínez Francisco 'El Gato' Martínez ... Gas Station Attendant
Diego Martínez Vignatti Diego Martínez Vignatti ... Soccer Player
Alejandro Mayar Alejandro Mayar ... Police Inspector
Chavo Nava Chavo Nava ... Neurotic Conductor
Estela Tamariz Estela Tamariz ... Ines
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michelle Aizpuru Michelle Aizpuru ... Adolescentes que llegan de fiesta
Valeria Alvarez Valeria Alvarez ... Ninos que juegan
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Storyline

A working-class man named Marcos and his wife kidnap a baby for ransom money, but it goes tragically wrong when the infant dies. In another world is Ana, the daughter of the general for whom he drives, who does sexual acts to any man for pleasure. Marcos confesses his guilt to her in his troubled search for relief, and then finds himself on his knees amid the multitude of believers moving slowly toward the Basilica in honor of the Lady of Guadalupe. Written by the coproduction office

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Mexico | France | Belgium | Germany

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

26 October 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle in Heaven See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€1,601,792 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,306, 19 February 2006

Gross USA:

$70,899
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) |

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Writer/director Carlos Reygadas shot crowded street scenes in the middle of real crowds. Cameraman Diego Martínez Vignatti sat in a wheelchair and they just pushed him through everyone. Luckily, no one who passed by looked into the camera lens. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where Ana and Marcos are making love, as the camera pans out, a crew member's reflection can be seen in the window. See more »


Soundtracks

Mexicans, at the shout of war (Mexico National Anthem)
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Written by Francisco González Bocanegra and Jaime Nunó
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a film which sets new norms for slow reaction shots
3 November 2005 | by andrew-raceSee all my reviews

Having been led to believe by a listings magazine that this film had'outstanding naturalistic sound design', I should have realised i might be disappointed. I was expecting a slice of Mexican life, character development, perhaps a plot and I must admit a certain erotic content. The result was stunningly boring in every respect. Nothing is explained, we never learn why the event at the start of the film has taken place, the characters are almost totally impassive, deeply unappealing and the sexual encounters, apart from one, have no erotic appeal and indeed very little logic to them. Over the top music, a few symbols here and there, rolling up the flag, a little religion and superstition and such amusing touches as a leitmotiv of incontinence for no apparent reason, this truly was 90 minutes where paint drying would have seemed vastly more exciting. Do not see this film.


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