Heaven on Earth

2008, Drama, 1h 46m

6 Reviews 250+ Ratings

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Movie Info

An Indian woman's (Preity Zinta) optimism about her new life in Canada quickly disappears when her husband begins to vent his frustrations by beating her.

Cast & Crew

Rajinder Singh Cheema
Papaji
Gick Grewal
Chand's Mother
Orville Maciel
Kabir Singh Dhillon
Silva Basmajian
Executive Producer
Sanjay Bhuttiani
Executive Producer
Ravi Chopra
Executive Producer
Deepa Mehta
Executive Producer
Mychael Danna
Original Music
Giles Nuttgens
Cinematographer
Colin Monie
Film Editor
Dilip Mehta
Production Design
Jim Lambie
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Critic Reviews for Heaven on Earth

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (2)

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

    October 24, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 18, 2008 | Rating: 2/4
  • 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.

    October 18, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 3, 2008
  • 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.

    October 24, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • ... 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 ...

    October 21, 2008 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A less assured filmmaker would have trouble reconciling reality with magic realism, but writer/director Mehta turns kitchen-sink drama into soaring metaphor.

    October 24, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 18, 2008 | Rating: 2/4
  • 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.

    October 18, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 3, 2008
  • 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.

    October 24, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • ... 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 ...

    October 21, 2008 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Heaven on Earth

  • Jul 23, 2011
    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 and his unsympathetic family. Her new mother-in-law senses competition for her son's heart, wedging herself between the newly wed couple. While Chand makes desperate attempts to make her marriage work, her world alternately shifts between reality and fantasy, drawing comparisons to some old Indian folklore tales. Whatever her intensions were, Deepa Mehta's critical look at domestic-abuse often looses the plot because of its tiresome and manipulative nature. Never is explained why a seemingly normal 21st century family cant welcome a bride into their home with some minimal compassion. Overall, it turned out to be just a deeply troubling viewing experience with out any real purpose or conclusion. The only reason I'm giving the movie a higher rating is the performance from its lead, Preity Zinta, who turned out to be a real class act. Without her solely carrying the movie on her shoulders, this movie would've turned into a total disaster. Zinta delivers the kind of performance that would've served her better justice in a better movie with a more promising premise.
    Sajin P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2009
    I think this is one of the worst movie I've ever seen. The story, climax, dialogue and what the hell the movie mean is unknown. Preity Zinta looks gorgeous as always, but better stay in Bollywood next time.
    Cancelled U Super Reviewer

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