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on 7 March 2011
A hustler in his early-20s, Paul (Alexander Bracq) is searching for his identical twin brother, Saul. Although they were separated at birth, Paul experiences visions suggesting that Saul is in trouble. These images become increasingly lucid during the heights of his various physical encounters, hence he is drawn to pursue such intimacies with ever greater intensity. Introduced to film director John Baxter (Lee Chapman), who specializes in producing erotica, Paul agrees to participate in Baxter's latest film, hoping that he will thereby come closer to connecting with his elusive twin. This pathway may well clarify his visions, but carries its own unwelcome detours...
Part-melodrama, part-'psychological thriller', SEEING HEAVEN ultimately escapes classification. It bears comparison to Pornography: A Thriller [DVD], although it is much less reliant on the complexities that permeate the latter's plot. Indeed, the storyline of SEEING HEAVEN is unquestionably its weak aspect: underdeveloped, simplistic at times, and unfortunately bearing the cloying burden of overt moralism. The derivative 'evil man in the white mask' and the formulaic 'unscrupulous studio executive', are particularly flimsy and banal conventionalities.
Despite these - perhaps harsh - criticisms, SEEING HEAVEN undoubtedly succeeds on an affective level. The film's minuscule budget is nowhere reflected in the conscientious production values. Visually imaginative, the jarring impact of Paul's visions and the concomitant kaleidoscopic cinematography produce a fresh and atmospherically tense work. The (possibly unintentional) ambiguity of the film's ending, engendered by the loosely-woven plot, also contributes to its capacity to unsettle the viewer. Writer/director Ian Powell's future projects are awaited with curiosity.