Heaven, written by Krzysztof Kieslowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz, based on their trilogy
Seeing as the legendary,-winner of two Academy Awards - Cate Blanchett has the leading role in this romance drama and she has a reputable partner in Giovanni Ribisi, one could expect an overwhelming motion picture.
Heaven might be outstanding, indeed.
After all, the Metascore is a remarkable 68, the European Film Awards have nominated the screenwriters for the European Screenwriter Award and the Pula Film Festival has rewarded the film with the Golden Arena prize.
Yet, the undersigned was not thrilled, elated…not even satisfied by this outré, bizarre proposition.
Cate Blanchett aka Philippa is suspected of having planted a bomb, which has resulted in death of four people, including a child, to revenge her husband’s death because of a drug overdose, which the protagonist blames on a drug dealer.
Given that the police had ignored her complaints and the information she had sent, the Angel of death might have taken justice into her hands, to the abhorrence of police investigators, some of whom abuse and use violence against their suspect.
With the exception of Filippo aka Giovanni Ribisi, a young police officer who offers to translate, when the detainee insists that it is her right to give a deposition in her own language, English, even if she might know Italian.
Filippo sends some secret messages, explaining to the prisoner that she knows a child that had been her student and believes in her innocence and wants to help her, if she wants to and records a message on the recording device that he has smuggled for her.
The suspect escapes and the police- all of the Italian law force- is trying to get the duo arrested, once they have escaped from under their nose, their defective supervision.
This cinephile feels that Payback, with Mel Gibson in the leading role, is much better than Heaven; albeit that has a different take on the revenge which is extracted by the hero from his foes.
Evidently, Cate Blanchett is a Master of this Game and her performance can be exhilarating, although this viewer does not feel it is enough to make this feature outstanding.
Nevertheless, quite a few critics have loved it!