HeavenFebruary 21, 2002
A woman takes the law into her own hands after police ignore her pleas to arrest the man responsible for her husband's death, and finds herself not only under arrest for murder but falling in love with an officer.
Release Year: 2002
Rating: 7.1/10 (14,092 voted)
Critic's Score: 68/100
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi, Remo Girone
Love, retribution and redemption. Devastated by her husband's death from a drug overdose, Philippa, a British teacher living in Turin, Italy, tries to bring justice to the biggest drug dealer in Turin when the local police ignore her information about him. In building a home-made bomb and setting off a plan that fails miserably, her status changes from young widow to that of a criminal in custody. Young police officer Filipo descends into Philippa's life, changing her bleak outlook on existence into one in search of tranquility among corruption, as they become unlikely soul mates and lovers.
Writers: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Alberto Di Stasio
Stefania Orsola Garello
Father High Rise
What Would You Risk For Love?
Release Date: 21 February 2002
Filming Locations: Bottrop, North Rhine – Westphalia, Germany
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: £78,207
(11 August 2002)
(8 December 2002)
Did You Know?
The first of a planned trilogy Krzysztof Kieslowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz wrote before Kieslowski's death: Heaven, Hell and Purgatory.
Crew or equipment visible:
Crewmembers are briefly reflected in the front of a train as we see the main characters walk away from the train. Specifically, look for a man in a red tee-shirt.
[in Italian supervising simulation]
Follow the terrain. Good. Keep it perpendicular to the ridge. That's it. Under real conditions you might have to compensate for the wind here. Now, maintain you height. Watch your height, careful.
[climbing higher simulator switches off]
In a real helicopter you can't just keep flying higher.
How high can I fly?
Nothing typical, everything beautiful in a movie.
This is not an ordinary movie. Watching this film is like watching a poem.
it is too bad that
some reviewers here have to see everything in the plug and play mode meant
attention spans. This is a work of art intended to be tasted, smelled,
seen, and touched. It
enlivens the senses, touches the heart, and moves you with little dialog.
have to speak. Her face tells the pain of her loss, her remorse for her
actions, and her lack of
relief from her revenge. Ribisi is stunning as the outwardly simple,
infatuated boy-like man
with subtly revealed inner strength and cunning.
Sometimes it is nice to take a break from the usual fare and take a ride on
a work of art. I
loved this film and will watch it again.