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Still of Giovanni Ribisi and Cate Blanchett in HeavenDirector Tom Tykwer with Cate Blanchett and Giovanni Ribisi on the setStill of Giovanni Ribisi and Cate Blanchett in HeavenStill of Cate Blanchett in HeavenStill of Giovanni Ribisi and Cate Blanchett in HeavenStill of Giovanni Ribisi and Cate Blanchett in Heaven


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

Tom Tykwer

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


Cate Blanchett


Giovanni Ribisi


Remo Girone

Filippo's Father

Stefania Rocca


Alessandro Sperduti


Mattia Sbragia

Major Pini

Stefano Santospago

Mr. Vendice

Alberto Di Stasio

The Prosecutor

Giovanni Vettorazzo

The Inspector

Gianfranco Barra

The Lieutenant

Vincent Riotta

Chief Guard

Mauro Marino


Stefania Orsola Garello

Vendice's Secretary

Fausto Lombardi

Father High Rise

Giorgia Coppa

Older Daughter

What Would You Risk For Love?


Official Website:
Miramax [United States] |
Official site [Germany] (German) |

Release Date: 21 February 2002

Filming Locations: Bottrop, North Rhine – Westphalia, Germany

Box Office Details

Budget: $11,000,000


Opening Weekend: £78,207
(11 August 2002)
(39 Screens)

Gross: $774,317
(8 December 2002)

Technical Specs


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.


[first lines]

Helicopter Pilot:
[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]

Helicopter Pilot:
In a real helicopter you can't just keep flying higher.

How high can I fly?

User Review

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
for short
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.
Blanchett doesn't
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.