Heaven

Heaven

DVD - 2003
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Philippa is a British schoolteacher living in Italy, whose husband fell victim to a drug overdose. Vendice is a powerful local drug dealer who sold the dope which killed Philippa's husband. Disgusted with the inability of the police to bring Vendice to justice, Philippa takes the law into her own hands, planting a bomb which is intended to kill the dealer. Instead the bomb kills four innocent bystanders. Now with the help of her multilingual translator, Philippa escapes and continues to seek revenge on Vendice.
Publisher: [United States] : Miramax Home Entertainment ; Burbank, Calif. : Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2003], c2001
Edition: Widescreen version (1.781)
ISBN: 9780788846205
0788846205
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (97 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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vuhnehsuh
Jan 07, 2016

First off, I would like to point out that this film has wonderful cinematography. I won't go into it in fear of writing spoilers, but I do like the artistic side.

Secondly, I would like to say that the acting was nicely done. Giovanni Ribisi did a marvelous job as the shy, Italian rookie cop/ translator. I, hands down think he is one of the most underrated actors. He is mostly known for playing "Frank" (Phoebe's brother on Friends), but has starred in other films such as "Saving Private Ryan" , "Avatar", "Ted", "Public Enemies" and others. This film shows that he has a lot of potential.

Lastly, I gave this film only 3 stars because of the story. It was just bad. Why couldn't she just shoot the drug dealer in the beginning, rather than planting a bomb? I hated how this film left me confused and with so many unanswered questions.

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stse88
Apr 18, 2014

While I usually like Cate Blanchette, and she did a fine job in this movie, I just don't really get this story.

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Ron@Ottawa
Sep 30, 2013

I cannot 100% side with the lead lady, played by Blanchett, for what she did in the name of revenge. For this reason I have discounted the film's merit. Still a watchable film of intrigue and revenge, and romance. Mainly in Italian with subtitles.

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Diastole
May 07, 2013

This is a very well written movie - not something that happens very often in popular movie making these days. It operates on two levels. The first level is the action movie characterized by high speed chases, gun-play, and close calls. If you only watch it on this level, it's still a fine movie. But there is a deeper level of interpretation present here. I won't tell you what it is because discovering it for yourself is the only way it will resonate truth. But I will give you a key: It all hinges on a single line our hero (Blanchett) says to the young police officer, "I was unfaithful to my husband once." If you understand this in context to the entire film, you'll begin to understand who all of the characters actually are and the whole film will take on new meaning. This is superb story telling.

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olenkag
Mar 10, 2012

Stunning cinematography. Moral dilemnas . Must see.

aaa5756 Jan 25, 2012

B+ DVD

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WendyGD
Oct 17, 2011

Kate Blanchett was wonderful in this average movie.

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Karenina7777
Jul 26, 2011

This is superb film about love, retribution, and redemption. But ultimately it's about how, in our attempts to make meaning from our world, we often make connections in the most unexpected ways. Beyond that ... it's very hard to describe. Just see it!

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MaryTomlinson
May 16, 2011

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0246677/

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mbmsv
Dec 23, 2010

Very sad, but absolutely beautiful...

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MaryTomlinson
May 16, 2011

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.

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