Battle in Heaven (2006)
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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.
A spectacular failure, despite further evidence of the director's keen eye and bold cinematic ideas.
Art with a capital A. Don't be afraid. OK, be a little afraid.
Reygadas' gift for imagery is undeniable, but for most viewers, Battle in Heaven will offer not enlightenment but frustration.
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A very strange film, with very little action, taking place over just a few days. Long takes in which the camera pans about the scene while the action continues, often off-camera, lent a certain style to the film. However, the motivation for some of the action was entirely missing, as was any sign of emotion from the actors. What happens is fairly clear. Why those things occurred is still a bit of a mystery. Yet for all of its shortcomings, this still proved to be quite interesting.
First movie made to date starring robots disguised as humans. Thus, explaining the lack of anything that remotely looks like a human emotion, or normal human behaviour, in this film. Anyway, Reygadas can't trick me with his smoke curtains, the man wanted to film fat people screwing. If you need more proof of the type of cinematic wanker this guy is, he's selling himself like a sort of Tarkovsky meets Breson. Seriously, nobody in his right mind will say they "enjoyed" this unless they're just trying to impress some pseudo-intelectual hot chick at some bar.
Ugly fat guy sleeps with prostitute in graphic sex scene. Slow, plot-less, with characters you couldn't care less about let alone identify with.
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