Heaven on Earth
Heaven on Earth (2008)

A young Indian woman becomes a victim of domestic violence in an abusive arranged marriage.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 6, 2008
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67%
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42%


Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Howell
Toronto Star

A less assured filmmaker would have trouble reconciling reality with magic realism, but writer/director Mehta turns kitchen-sink drama into soaring metaphor.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

The Indian-born writer-director moves into the realm of the imagination and magic realism to concoct a strong artistic statement about the powers of the mind.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

At best, magic realism is an intoxicating blend of the sweet and the bitter; in Heaven on Earth, it's a head-on collision with no survivors.

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Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

I can sense the profound ambition that inspired Deepa Mehta to craft her drama Heaven on Earth. But her uneven film turns out to be deeply troubling.

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Peter Debruge
Variety

Chipping away at the Indian institution of arranged marriage one feature at a time, Deepa Mehta brings her latest taboo-challenging critique home to Canada with Heaven on Earth.

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S. James Wegg
JWR

... Deepa Mehta turns her own Punjabi culture inside and out as this tale of arranged marriage moves from ceremonial joy through the willful blindness which spans the generational divide to the employment of myth, magic and fable ...

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Sajin P A
In this ironically titled kitchen-sink drama, Deepa Mehta tries to uncover the plight of a Punjabi girl, Chand, who gets married abroad to an abusive husband… More