Battle in Heaven

Battle in Heaven

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Director: Carlos Reygadas

Cast: Carlos Reygadas, Marco Hernandez, Anapola Mushkadiz, Berta Ruiz

     
 

In Battle in Heaven (AKA Batalla en el Cielo), director Carlos Reygadas' searing look at the inherent hypocrisies of Mexico's social structure, Marcos Hernandez is Marcos, an overweight, poverty-stricken chauffeur who longs for a better life for his wife and young son. Desperate, the couple kidnaps an infant child for ransom. When the baby dies in theirSee more details below

Overview

In Battle in Heaven (AKA Batalla en el Cielo), director Carlos Reygadas' searing look at the inherent hypocrisies of Mexico's social structure, Marcos Hernandez is Marcos, an overweight, poverty-stricken chauffeur who longs for a better life for his wife and young son. Desperate, the couple kidnaps an infant child for ransom. When the baby dies in their custody, this simple crime that Marcos hoped would brighten his family's future instead adds a crushing burden to his conscience and will bring dire consequences for Marcos and his wife if discovered. Meanwhile, Ana, an affluent general's daughter whom Marcos chauffeurs from place to place, secretly battles ennui by prostituting herself in a local brothel with her friends. The two confide their darkest secrets in one another, and as Marcos urges Ana to drop out of whoring, Ana tries to convince Marcos to turn himself in. Marcos, however, will not listen, insisting that true forgiveness and redemption must come from above. Batalla en el Cielo marked the second major international release for director Reygadas, after the acclaimed Japon (2002).

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/09/2006
UPC:
0842498020166
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
NR
Source:
Tartan Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
44,365

Special Features

Interview with director Carlos Reygadas and actress Anapola Mushkadiz; Selected scenes from the director's award-winning first feature, "Japón"; Original theatrical trailer; English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marco Hernandez Marcos
Anapola Mushkadiz Ana
Berta Ruiz Wife
David Bornstein Actor
Rosalinda Ramirez Actor
Juan "El Abuelo" Soria Actor

Technical Credits
Carlos Reygadas Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Johann Sebastian Bach Score Composer
Philippe Bober Producer
Marcha Cordobesa Score Composer
Adoracion G. Elipe Editor
Gilles Laurent Sound/Sound Designer
Susanne Marian Producer
Hamish McAlpine Executive Producer
Benjamin Mirguet Editor
Jaime Romandia Producer
Nicolas Schmerkin Editor
John Tavener Score Composer
Diego Martínez Vignatti Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Battle In Heaven
1. Opening Credits [6:55]
2. Just a Little Scream [4:30]
3. The General's Daughter [4:09]
4. I Love You [:00]
5. Lie Down [7:39]
6. They're All Sheep... [:00]
7. Feeling Better [6:54]
8. Dawn [4:25]
9. Calm Down [8:23]
10. This Is a Fantasy [5:06]
11. Good Job [:01]
12. Seeing Ana [8:31]
13. Headed to the Basilica [8:25]
14. On His Knees [4:28]
15. So Long [7:47]
16. End Credits [3:42]

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