Alice King
July 11, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Heaven

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
100 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/04/02
performer
Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi, Remo Girone, Stefania Rocca, Mattia Sbragia, Alessandro Sperduti
director
Tom Tykwer
distributor
Miramax
author
Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz
genre
Drama

We gave it a B

An Englishwoman in Italy (Blanchett) plants a bomb in an executive office, only to learn that instead of her intended target, she’s killed four innocent people, including two children. She’s a vigilante, but her enemy is a big-time drug dealer responsible for the death of her husband and many others. While she — and eventually Ribisi’s smitten police officer, who helps her escape — seems to expect punishment, the screenplay, by the late Krzysztof Kieslowski and his partner Krzysztof Piesiewicz (Blue, White, Red), which was designed to be part of a trilogy along with Purgatory and Hell, compromises what could have been a fascinating moral study. EXTRAS Unused ”Space Cam” aerial shots of the Tuscan countryside are a highlight, but director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) rather overstates the beauty of the film’s deleted scenes.

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