Tom Tykwer's Heaven is a film which I feel like I should have liked more than I actually did. Honestly, I am not entirely sure why I didn't like it more. I
think I just found it uneven. Going into the film I had no idea that Krzysztof Kieslowksi wrote the screenplay, but in retrospect there are certainly a lot of similarities to his work. Heaven is a film that examines fate and the complexities of morality, looking at deeply flawed human characters to do so. Cate Blanchett is really fantastic in this film as this deeply flawed woman who has to deal with the guilt of killing four individuals in a bombing--missing her actual target because of an unforeseen chance. While the film is full of great ideas and features some great moments of intimacy, I never felt as emotionally connected as I probably should have. The film is beautifully composed with Tykwer using an abundance of wide shots which I interpreted as a statement about how tiny the individual is in the scope of the universe. I guess I just had some trouble accepting Giovanni Ribisi's character decisions as they just felt unnatural, almost manufactured to drive the story forward. An interesting work for sure, but I couldn't help but wonder what Kieslowski would have done if he got the chance to direct it.
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