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Good, then starts to yawnify at the end
written by rmarkd April 9, 2005 - 10:48 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
I know, yawnify isn't a word.

Philippa (the "hauntingly beautiful" Blanchett, if that term makes sense to anyone else) is a had-it-up-to-here teacher and decided to bomb a drug dealer. But, things don't go as planned. She's caught and sent to prison. While being interrogated, they tell her that her bomb killed innocent people, and not the intended target, and she just breaks down (in a really touching scene, I thought). Filippo (Ribisi) plays an interpreter who falls in love with her and decides to help.

The tension builds in the beginning and midpoint. It starts to get dull after the midpoint. There is one very touching scene with Filippo and his father, and a memorable train scene -- beautiful cinematography.

The end scene is... strange. Beautiful in one sense, silly in another. I guess it ties things together, but not to my liking. Still, I enjoyed the movie. 7/10.

Beautifully photographed, strong performances
written by Cinenaut July 9, 2004 - 9:18 AM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Cate Blanchett and Giovanni Ribisi make an odd couple, but maybe that's part of the point of the film, which is a love story set amidst very adverse conditions. Beautifully photographed, with a tense opening sequence, Heaven loses steam towards the end, perhaps because it was hard to keep the dramatic tension going from the first part of the film. The ending might be ambiguous for some, but it worked for me.


(Average 7.21)
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