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Heaven: Tykwer’s masterpiece

A must see for lovers of thought-provoking cinema

This film wasn’t a blockbuster, although it has drugs, guns, and drama. It doesn’t cater to people with an attention deficit. Instead, it feels new and its guaranteed to make you think. Heaven is a home run for one of my favorite directors, Tom Tykwer, and “X Filme” Project that he heads up. Tykwer, the director, is German, Cate Blanchett, one of the leads, is Australian, Giovani Ribisi, the other lead, is American, and Krzysztof Kieślowski (Three Colors) and Krzysztof Piesiewicz (the writers) are Polish, and the film is set in Italy. If you’re not familiar with Tykwer’s other work – I recommend “Run Lola Run” as another entree into his work. Kieślowski’s work is sheer genius – from his use of colors to the heavy symbolism to the intense character development – he stands alone in many ways and it’s tragic that more people aren’t exposed to his work. Tykwer is definitely a director’s director. All the details are thought through, and the emphasis is on executing the vision, not market research based outcomes.


Yes, it’s philosophical. Yes it will blow you away. Yes it will make you think. And, yes, this film will stay with you longer after the last credit has rolled. It carefully examines both the needs and thoughts of the individual as well as that of society. This isn’t the film for people hoping to get a look at great Italian landscapes. It is the film for people hungry for a glimpse of the many facets that make up the complex human psyche. Giovani Ribisi and Cate Blanchett both turn in stunning performances. Welcome to the work of Tykwer. If you’re already familiar, then welcome home, once more!