Battle in Heaven (Batalla en el cielo)
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Battle in Heaven (Batalla en el cielo)
In Battle in Heaven (AKA Batalla en el Cielo), director Carlos Reygadas' searing look at the inherent hypocrisies of Mexico's social structure, Marcos Hernandez is Marcos, an overweight, poverty-stricken chauffeur who longs for a better life for his wife and young son. Desperate, the couple kidnaps an infant child for ransom. When the baby dies in their custody, this simple crime that Marcos hoped would brighten his family's future instead adds a crushing burden to his conscience and will bring dire consequences for Marcos and his wife if discovered. Meanwhile, Ana, an affluent… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Since premiering at Cannes the movie has become notorious for its shocking, emphatically unerotic sex scenes, though it's equally notable for its striking visual conceits and small moments of intense feeling."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Art with a capital A. Don't be afraid. OK, be a little afraid."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"The pic's strangeness becomes its strength."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"rich in allegorical theme and symbolic imagery, transforming the most banal of materials into miraculous epiphanies... but all too aimlessly hypnotic to get a firm grip on the viewer's attention."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"Reygadas' direction seems to wander from time to time, as when Marcos walks around in the hills for long minutes without a purpose, but he always brings it back home. He's a perplexing, but voraciously talented filmmaker to watch."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Insufferably arty, polemic and winkingly provocative."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"If you dare to see it, prepare for a challenge."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"But how can you resist a filmmaker who uses an old Spanish saeta as if it was an unpublished Ennio Morricone theme? Is real beauty ever pure?"
‑ Frédéric Bonnaud, Film Comment Magazine
"The outcome often amounts to an impressive slideshow instead of a fluid, substantial piece of work that involves and challenges us."
‑ Jon Frosch, Film Journal International
"Reygadas' artful but ponderous camerawork succeeds only in turning the intimately exploitative ... into something emotionally distant and stupefyingly dull."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"A spectacular failure, despite further evidence of the director's keen eye and bold cinematic ideas."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"Reygadas' gift for imagery is undeniable, but for most viewers, Battle in Heaven will offer not enlightenment but frustration."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"No amount of thoughtful dissection can make up for the unpleasant, uncomfortable and unnecessary experience of actually sitting through the thing."
‑ Christopher Campbell, Cinematical
"Reygadas proves that rare filmmaker interested in tackling both the personal and the political through expressly confrontational means."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"he film's pallid emotional tone, which is in sync with the constancy of the dull gray sky overhead, can make it a hard story to embrace."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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