Heaven (2002) – directed by Tom Tykwer, screenplay by Krzysztof Kieslowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz, starring Cate Blanchett and Giovanni Ribisi


„Given the recurrent metaphysical ideas of faith and chance in Tom Tykwer’s films, the German director seems a natural to tackle a heretofore unproduced screenplay co-written by the late Polish auteur Krzysztof Kieslowski. The resulting „collaboration” is very much in line with both filmmakers’ work. Cate Blanchett is an English schoolteacher in Italy whose attempt to bomb a high class drug runner goes horribly awry, instead killing a trio of innocent bystanders. Giovanni Ribisi, speaking Italian for much of the picture, is a cop serving as translator during the interrogations. He soon attempts to serve as her savior, for his sudden and strong feelings for her compel him to put himself at risk. The love-against-all-reason scenario recalls Tykwer’s last film, the stylish slog that was The Princess and the Warrior, but Kieslowski and longtime writing partner Krzysztof Piesiewicz’s tight plotting keeps Tykwer’s indulgences in check. While the film’s slow pace is far more like Tykwer’s Princess than his frenetic Run Lola Run, it never drags, thanks to the nicely modulated performances by and the surprising chemistry between Blanchett and Ribisi; and Tykwer and cinematographer Frank Griebe’s stunning visual sense. It’s unfortunate that we may never see the other two installments–Hell and Purgatory–of this once-planned trilogy, and the film’s metaphysical ambiguities may have made more sense alongside the companion pieces, but it still casts a poetic, otherworldly romantic spell.”

source:  http://mrbrownmovies.com/movierpt02-10.html#heaven

Heaven is a visually beautiful movie, where almost each scene is a painting. The warm colours, romantic repetitive music and great aerial shooting created an atmosphere that stays with us long after the movie ended.  Every gesture has a point and the camera is handeled with artistic eyes that fully prove the director’s creative powers. The outside filming locations were Turin, Naples and Montepulciano. Makes you wonder where Heaven is…




Filmography Tom Tykwer:

  1. The International (2009/I)
  2. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
  3. Paris, je t’aime (2006) (segment “Faubourg Saint-Denis”)
  4. True (2004)
  5. Heaven (2002/I)
  6. Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (2000)
  7. Lola rennt (1998)
  8. Winterschläfer (1997)
  9. Die tödliche Maria (1993)
  10. Epilog (1992/I)
  11. Because (1990)

~ de AlinaT pe 25/10/2009.

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