Battle in Heaven

Battle in Heaven

Battle in Heaven

  There is no doubt that the Latin American film hard in recent years is coming. Filmmakers such as Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries / The Motorcycle Diaries), Fernando Mereilles (The Constant Gardener / Constant Gardener), Alfonso Cuaron (Y tu mamá también) and Alejandro González Iñárritu (21 Grams, Babel) is currently among the pacemaker pulse generators and in world cinema and show how powerful, committed and entertaining art-house films can make off the beaten track. Also a qualified lawyer and international lawyer Carlos Reygadas (Japón) belongs to a highly regarded team of young talent, and his second film, Battle in Heaven / Batalla en el cielo is a great potential to strengthen the reputation as an exceptional talent further. And another thing is certain: The film, which was shown in competition at the 2005 already Cannes Film Festival, will divide its audience into extreme. For Reygadas ventured some, and loses or wins – depending on the perspective – everything.

The film begins with an extended fellatio scene between a pretty young woman with dreadlocks and an older, fat and extremely ugly man While the young woman – later we learn that this is for Anna (Anapola Mushkadiz) is – the man satisfied, triggers a tear from her eye. The place to play this scene is unidentifiable in bright light, mild-dipped blue light, just as would happen in the encounter between two unlikely lovers in the title presentive sky. But the relationship between Marcos, the older man (Marcos Hernandez), and the young Anna is another, a jigsaw puzzle, a confusing mix of lust, boredom and madness. Marcos was the driver of Anna’s father, a respected general, and he already knows the daughter since she was a child. One day) Marcos, together with his equally unattractive wife Mary (Bertha Ruiz kidnapped the baby of a neighbor in the hope of ransom by their ineptitude, however, the baby dies painfully and Marcos now suffering terribly from the guilt and the resulting mental anguish. Anna is the only one he can confide. And since eer only one who knows that Anna is wearing a dark secret within itself, the two begin a relationship with each other, the game is serious, and at the same time. Finally, Marcos seeking redemption from his guilt by a pilgrimage to the Virgin of Guadalupe, but this will be his last walk … aware

Powerfully pictorial and dramatic gaps and leaving open many possible interpretations, is Battle in Heaven / Batalla en el cielo no easy task, but serious Filmkunstkost, which requires that embarking on the film and its own atmosphere. In a stunning collage of some beguiling images and a no less remarkable sound creation Reygadas manages a parable about crime and punishment, sexuality and love, about loneliness, loss and hope for a higher authority, which leads us, protects and ultimately redeemed. A film whose intentions are conveyed to many until the second or third viewing, and many perhaps never. And yet moved Battle in Heaven / Batalla en el cielo something in my head and forces you to think long remember the powerful images that cast her in the head and hooks to anchor themselves firmly in mind.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: Battle in Heaven Original Title: Batalla en el cielo Country of production: Germany, France, Belgium, Mexico Year of production: 2005 Length: 98 (Min) of material: New Visions

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