Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Heaven 2002

     This film was adapted from a play co-authored by German filmmaker Tom Tykwer and the late Krzysztof Kieslowski.  Philippa is originally from Britain but is now a school teacher in Turin, Spain.  She learns from her students and from her late husband that Marco Vendice caused his death and the deaths of some of her students.  He is a businessman but seems to be above the law regarding his drug dealings and sales.  Phillippa has called, written letters she sent in the mail and delivered in person.  She becomes overwhelmed by the lack of action by the police, she takes a bomb to Vendice’s office and leaves it in the trashcan.  She calls the secretary and asks her to shut off her car alarm going off in the parking lot.  She wants to get her away from the bomb.
     This keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen.  Blanchett and Ribisi are very good in their roles and you feel their emotions plus the weight of their choices.  It leaves you pondering what your actions would be in a similar situation and presents a lot of issues for reflection.  4* (I really liked this movie)

97 min, Drama directed by Tom Tykwer with Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi, Remo Girone, Stefania Rocca, Matthis Sbargia, Alberto di Stasio.

Note:  Blockbuster 3*, imdb 7.1 out of 10, 74% critic 75% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

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