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Battle in Heaven (2005)

Batalla en el cielo (original title)
Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 26 October 2005 (France)
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Marcos lusts after his boss's promiscuous daughter, but after botching an extortion scheme, he becomes wracked with guilt.

Director:

Carlos Reygadas

Writer:

Carlos Reygadas
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Marcos Hernández ... Marcos
Anapola Mushkadiz ... Ana
Bertha Ruiz Bertha Ruiz ... Marcos' Wife
David Bornstein David Bornstein ... Jaime
Rosalinda Ramirez Rosalinda Ramirez ... Viky
El Abuelo El Abuelo ... Chief of Police
Brenda Angulo Brenda Angulo ... Madame
El Mago El Mago ... Preacher
Francisco 'El Gato' Martínez Francisco 'El Gato' Martínez ... Gas Station Attendant
Diego Martínez Vignatti Diego Martínez Vignatti ... Soccer Player
Alejandro Mayar Alejandro Mayar ... Police Inspector
Chavo Nava Chavo Nava ... Neurotic Conductor
Estela Tamariz Estela Tamariz ... Ines
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michelle Aizpuru Michelle Aizpuru ... Adolescentes que llegan de fiesta
Valeria Alvarez Valeria Alvarez ... Ninos que juegan
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Storyline

A working-class man named Marcos and his wife kidnap a baby for ransom money, but it goes tragically wrong when the infant dies. In another world is Ana, the daughter of the general for whom he drives, who does sexual acts to any man for pleasure. Marcos confesses his guilt to her in his troubled search for relief, and then finds himself on his knees amid the multitude of believers moving slowly toward the Basilica in honor of the Lady of Guadalupe. Written by the coproduction office

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Mexico | France | Belgium | Germany

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

26 October 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle in Heaven See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR1,601,792 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,351, 19 February 2006

Gross USA:

$70,899

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$258,227
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Runtime:

| (director's cut) |

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Writer/director Carlos Reygadas shot crowded street scenes in the middle of real crowds. Cameraman Diego Martínez Vignatti sat in a wheelchair and they just pushed him through everyone. Luckily, no one who passed by looked into the camera lens. See more »

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During the scene where Ana and Marcos are making love, as the camera pans out, a crew member's reflection can be seen in the window. See more »

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This Is An Art Film
29 January 2012 | by sandro-santoliSee all my reviews

This is an art film, or at least what the average movie goer will view as an art film. By that, I mean you're going to have to dig really deep to find a plot that you can follow. The scenes are too obviously artistic...a tear drop, a blank stare, holding of hands.

The movie is about a man who is struggling with the guilt of having kidnapped a child who died. I'm not worried about giving away any spoilers because I'm not sure there are any to give away. The movie is a sequence of scenes that make you wonder why they are in the film, and frustratingly so because you really never find out.

American audiences especially will be shocked by the sex scenes. I'm not saying that's good or bad. We just rarely see a penis in a movie, aside from porn, let alone an erect one, let alone someone interacting with one.

The reason I gave this move a 5 is based entirely on its style. The characters often stare at each other with blank faces but they are consistently unemotional. The characters look like real people plucked right off a Mexico City street. The sounds in the film are interesting and graphic, sometimes noisy. But it works to keep you in the film. The filming in Mexico City creates an interesting backdrop. You're just dying for a story to be drawn from it but it never emerges, at least not a good one.


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