Battle in Heaven 2005

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In this explicit but brilliant film, Marcos is chauffeur to a general and his daughter Ana whom he drives to the brothel in Mexico City where she sometimes works. But Marcos and his wife have kidnapped and accidentally killed a baby and he confesses this to Ana in his search for salvation.

Starring:
Marcos Hernandez, Anapola Mushkadiz
Runtime:
1 hour 34 minutes

Battle in Heaven

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Product Details

Genres Drama, International
Director Carlos Reygadas
Starring Marcos Hernandez, Anapola Mushkadiz
Supporting actors Bertha Ruiz, David Bornstien, Rosalinda Ramirez
Studio Palisades Tartan
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FDLab1 on 4 July 2014
Format: DVD
As the film starts we slowly discover that Marcos (Our lead) and his wife have botched a kidnapping and the child has died although we don't know how this happened. As the film progresses we follow Marcos as he tries to come to terms with his guilt.

Although the film has several explicit moments they are not there to arouse, they are there to provide insight into Marcos' desires and state of mind. Evidence of this is that the first sex scene is with Marcos and his wife who are both far removed from the Holywood norm and when you see Ana (the third lead - pictured on the cover) there is always the juxtaposition of seeing Marcos in an identical state.
Ana seems to be happy with her life (even though some viewers may not think this is posible as she is a prostitute) but is willing to sacrifice her happiness in an attempt to pursuade Marcos to take responsibility for his crimes.

Despite the controversy, this is a poetic film that looks at sin and redemption in various forms. It also seems to take into account the beauty in life, no matter whose, as the camera pans across different scenes (crowded railway station, urban rooftops and countryside seen from the top of a hill).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C Discerning on 15 Sep 2010
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It took me until the end to realise I had quite enjoyed this film. I've never seen a Mexican film before so I was quite intrigued by this, especially after reading the other reviews.
If you like a film with long shots of people not actually doing anything then this film is for you. Or you like your sex scenes to be ahem, graphic, then you'll like this film although if you buy it for the sex then don't waste your money.
Read the other reviews if you want to see what this film is about but I think it would be better watching a second time and then decide if it's pretentious rubbish or very art house!
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51 of 69 people found the following review helpful By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 30 May 2006
Format: DVD
I didn't like "Battle in Heaven". I found it to be pretentious, vacuous and at times disgusting; the controversial sex scenes in particular. Did we really need to see grossly overweight actors having it off for real and have a close up of a young woman performing fellatio ? Did this really contribute to the plot in any way ? I don't think so. It ranks of controversy for it's own sake and this kind of "real sex" has already been done elsewhere,and with greater effect, in films such as "Baise Moi" and "A Ma Soeur". "Battle in Heaven" seems to profess to have philosophical tendencies and the film title seems to allude to the struggle in the lead character's soul/mind between "good" and "evil". Which side will prevail ? Who knows ? Who cares ? I enjoyed other Mexican-based films like "Amores Perros" , "Y Tu Mama Tambien" and "Man on Fire" ,but "Battle in Heaven " left me somewhat unmoved and I fail to see why it has gained such critical acclaim.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Danny Norris on 12 Feb 2007
Format: DVD
Yes, its captivating and I almost do not know why. Having watched it three times now, one could almost be excused for missing the plot about the kidnapped baby?

The lengthy silences make you watch in anticipation of something happening, but I guess thats all in the name of Art. Why the film has to start and finish with the BJ scene is also perhaps in the name of deep and meaningful Artistic licence, but it certainly adds to the random emotions one feels watching this film.

There are some bizarre images that will leave imprints in my mind for a very long time. A very strange film that is made up of many powerful scenes that are almost powerful enough to distract you from stringing them together to make the story.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Richard in London on 19 Jan 2007
Format: DVD
It is very slow, and ultimately pretty grim, but is filmed and presented in such an unusual way it is worth one go. The camera work is 'arty' and the film as far from 'Hollywood' as you can get. It opens and closes with brief but strong sex scences and has occasional strong sex throughout. The characters are interesting and all very mixed-up. The mismatch between the grossly overweight male lead and the young, slight and sexy female lead make you laugh, grimace and ultimately feel sorry for both.
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Carol Simmons on 14 Jan 2007
Format: DVD
Not really sure what the plot of the film was about; a sloath-like man who likes sex who wanders about wondering whether to hand himself in to the police for a crime that was unclear and then he does something completely out of character to someone he loves. It was slow, with a lot of waiting for something to happen time. The sex and some of the scenes quite hard to watch as the filming is very real. Strange movie. Not sure it's worth seeing, but I won't forget it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sonrosado Roses on 17 Jan 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
What is the plot? What is the acting? What the hell is the grand cinema vision?

TOSH.

I sat through the interviews to try and figure out what the director was going for. Its rubbish.
If you want to watch Mexican films try Frida, Amores Perros, El Crime de Padre and Like Water for Chocolate.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stefano82 on 29 April 2012
Format: DVD
I've just had the misfortune of watching this and Carlos Reygada's debut (Japon) back to back... and what a depressing experience. 4 hours of my life that i've wasted watching some dross. As a semi-accurate documentary of life in Mexico City, it just about score 6/10... as a film, with a story, characters and plot development, it scores a 2/10 at best. Avoid avoid avoid
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