- Actors: Marcos Hernández, Anapola Mushkadiz, Bertha Ruiz, David Bornstein, Rosalinda Ramirez
- Directors: Carlos Reygadas
- Writers: Carlos Reygadas
- Producers: Carlos Reygadas, Hamish McAlpine, Jaime Romandia, Joseph Rouschop, Philippe Bober
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: Spanish
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
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- Studio: Kino Lorber films
- Release Date: June 6 2006
- Run Time: 98 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000EZ8ZRG
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,106 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Battle In Heaven
Battle In Heaven
Battle In Heaven, Carlos Reygadas follow-up to Japón, opens with a controversial oral sex scene involving beauty, Ana (Anapola Mushkadiz), and the beast, Marcos (Marcos Hernández). Marcos is Anas chauffeur, who has kidnapped and accidentally killed a baby. Ana, a generals daughter by day and a prostitute by night, confides in Marcos and performs sexual favors for him in order to persuade him to turn himself in. She is too young, however, to understand Marcoss confused mental state, and her sensitive position with him puts her in peril. Set in Mexico City, this tragic drama is as much about failed intimacy as it is about Mexican class structure, as Ana and Marcos attempt to bridge the class gap. A few explicit sex scenes show Marcos in bed with Ana or his wife (Bertha Ruiz), thus garnering it reviews that compare it to The Brown Bunny. In fact, the slow pacing and artsy, self-consciously composed shots do remind one of The Brown Bunny, in that both films are initially interesting but grow dull as their plots take forever to unfold. An intriguing plot is buried under seemingly eternal panoramic shots of the city, painfully slow conversation between characters, and constant close-ups of Marcos face that are meant to capture his angst but only deter narrative. Nevertheless, this films merit is based in its experimental energy, and any director who follows up a graphic sex scene with a cut to the waving of the countrys flag (in this case Mexicos) has my respect. --Trinie Dalton
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i belong to the latter group.
first of all, the cinematography as the main character moves through the city of mexico is breathtaking and you feel yourself hanging left and right in your chair as sharp turns are taken.
the sex scenes are graphic, but not gratuitous; it's the way most of us have sex, not under the covers with our bras and underpants on.
most importantly, this movie is inhabited by real people, fat people, old people, crippled people and people who are generally not regarded as photogenic.
and the fat people are having sex. is that so hard to believe?
it's great to see that sex is finally portrayed as something not exclusively restricted to the ashton kutchers and demi moores of this world.
woven into all of this is an all too human story of love, betrayal and rejection
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Whittier, California so I finally decided to buy the DVD.
For the price I paid I was disappointed with the movie. I was hoping for more depth in the development of the characters and their relationship in the time prior to the baby kidnapping.
I may need a second viewing to fully appreciate the story line and some empathy for the characters. Sometimes seeing a movie more than once creates a better appreciation of it.
The good news is after several months of trying to find the movie to rent my quest is no over.