Peter Jackson's "Heavenly Creatures" is a haunting cinematic masterpiece that will surely leave you shaken and wonderfully unsettled.
It follows, with riviting complexity, the deepening relationship between two young girls who find a passion in music and theatre, art and acting; bound together in how different they are from other girls.
Together, they create a fantasy world based on the clay models that they both love to build, a world that only they may enter together. A world that shields them, that eventually severs them from their families - and their sanity - causing them to eventually murder one of their mothers who threatens that they shall be separated.
Set in the 50's, this beautifully crafted film (including absolutely stunning performances from Kate Winslett and Melanie Lynskey, typically quirky early filmogrophy from Peter Jackson, plus a great script, beautiful soundtrack and New Zealand scenery) is closely based on the true story that made the headlines so long ago.
As a viewer, it is infinitely difficult to describe the intense emotions that take place during and after watching this great film; the end of childlike innocence, obsession with beauty, and homosexuality (which, in the 50's was still controversial and very much taboo) all play as major themes of the film.
In short, this film is be one of those that will leave you shocked at some scenes, nervously laughing at others, yet disturbed and brought to tears by the very moving finish.