Battle in Heaven Reviews

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April 27, 2019
A simultaneously austere and visceral work, one steeped in mystery and longing.
April 26, 2019
Reygadas casts non-actor Marcos Hernandez [as the lead]. It's a gamble that pays off; Hernandez imbues the role with a placid quality of a character lifted from the pages of Albert Camus.
August 24, 2017
Despite the unpleasant looking sex, there is something about these scenes that is strangely moving.
February 9, 2014
The pic's strangeness becomes its strength.
November 19, 2013
But how can you resist a filmmaker who uses an old Spanish saeta as if it was an unpublished Ennio Morricone theme?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?
April 6, 2010
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.
August 24, 2006
Reygadas proves that rare filmmaker interested in tackling both the personal and the political through expressly confrontational means.
July 8, 2006
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.
April 1, 2006
There's more to this controversial and aesthetically cold film than just its explicit sex scenes. Honest.
March 31, 2006
Art with a capital A. Don't be afraid. OK, be a little afraid.
March 24, 2006
If you dare to see it, prepare for a challenge.
March 23, 2006
Some audiences will find it an endurance test and Reygadas doesn't make it easy with his confrontational imagery, but he provokes emotions not often explored on screen.
February 22, 2006
February 19, 2006
I'd be lying if I didn't say this is one of the more original and piercing films I've seen in awhile.
February 18, 2006
A hypnotic, ruminative examination of class, religion, and sexuality in contemporary Mexico, Carlos Reygadas' Battle in Heaven is cinema at its most polarizing.
February 17, 2006
Will one day make its mark in the film canon as the singular film experience it is
February 17, 2006
It's the way in which these 'debased' elements come together in a Christian allegory of sin and redemption that resists easy, reassuring interpretation.
February 17, 2006
Reyadas' radical rejection of filmmaking conventions is at first off-putting, but he's able to elicit remarkable performances from the cast of non-professionals while building tension that will hold viewers' attention.
February 17, 2006
Not everyone is going to be willing or able to take this leap of faith, but those who do go along with Reygadas may well feel they have come away having undergone a stunning revelatory experience.
February 17, 2006
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