Battle in Heaven [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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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).
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!
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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All OK with the delivery but the movie itself is a complete waste of time.Published 9 months ago by Stefan
Beautiful, profoundly touching, and unlike anything I've seen before. Approach it with an open mind and be prepared for a quasi-religious experience; approach with a closed mind,... Read morePublished on 26 Dec. 2013 by Vaclav Paris
What is the plot? What is the acting? What the hell is the grand cinema vision?
I sat through the interviews to try and figure out what the director was... Read more
I've just had the misfortune of watching this and Carlos Reygada's debut (Japon) back to back... and what a depressing experience. Read morePublished on 29 April 2012 by MT Stefan
An amazing film , there seems to be so muany strong latin american films around showing real sex . Loved the way it showed real mexicans and the real mexican city . Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2011 by cartoon
I much prefer giving positive reviews than negative but this film annoyed me so much I felt obliged to say something. Read morePublished on 14 April 2010 by Ciaran O'neill
Really not sure where to begin with this review for Battle In Heaven.
Don't want to be too harsh on it in case I've just missed the whole point but at the same time I... Read more