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:: Heaven

This film is the extraordinary fusion of the talents of director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) and writers Krzysztof Kieslowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz (Co–authors of the Three Colours Trilogy). Add to that Frank Griebe’s visionary camerawork and Kate Blanchett and Giovanni Ribisi’s wonderful performances, throw in a couple of powerhouse producers and enchanting locations and you have ‘Heaven’.

Turin -a young Englishwoman, Philippa, (Blanchett) plans the assassination of a drug dealer who is destroying the lives of those around her, including the death of her husband. She carefully places a bomb in his waste paper basket and calls his secretary away. When the cleaning lady unknowingly empties this and joins a father and his 2 children in a lift 4 innocent people lose their lives. Philippa is arrested and interrogated, she offers no resistance, she has willingly sacrificed her life to rid the world of the dealer. But now she is told that she has taken the lives of 4 innocents and that he is untouched. Philippa pleads her case, begging them to acknowledge all the letters and messages she has delivered to the police about the dealer. But he is a respected businessman and neither the copies of her letters are located or any of her messages to the police recorded. They insist that Philippa is a part of a terrorist group and that the assassination was politically motivated, the businessman/dealer has his contacts and sits in a backroom watching and hearing all that is said.

Having insisted on making all her statements in her native language, Philippa is assigned an interpreter, a young policeman-Filippo (Ribisi). He instantly falls in love with Philippa when, whilst holding her hand, she regains consciousness from the shock of the news about the 4 innocent people that she has killed. He believes they are destined to be together and cleverly plots her escape. Philippa only wants the chance to finish the job she has started.

Anthony Minghella, one of the films producers, talks of the films themes as ‘guilt, fate, fighting for love and redemption’ and the necessity of keeping the film incredibly uncluttered and precise. The film does a have purity and the audience is made to work with both the emotions and the mind.

With Heaven you are offered a poetic and spiritual journey accompanied by the music of Arvo Part and Tom Tykwer and the truly special cinematography of Griebe. If you take it you may leave the cinema a little lighter. Cynics beware!

Screening at Cinema Nova, Classic Cinemas, Balwyn Cinemas, and Brighton Bay Cinemas