On the Big Board
||Contemplative film about the search for redemption forces you to spend time with unlikeable characters.
Despite being a major buzz film at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, Carlos Reygadas' Battle in Heaven nonetheless didn't manage to come away with any prizes. It's been compared to Vincent Gallo's Brown Bunny due to its very real, very graphic depiction of sex. The movie tells three interconnected stories of apparently immoral people as they eke out an existence in Mexico City.
In the movie, a man named Marcos and his wife kidnap a baby to try to obtain money from the ransom. Although they don't intend harm to come to the child, events turn tragic when the infant dies. Meanwhile, Ana, the daughter of the general for whom Marcos drives, inhabits a very different world as she works as a prostitute for her own pleasure. As Marcos desperately seeks relief, he guiltily confesses his crime to her. Soon, he finds himself moving with a crowd of holy believers who are headed toward the Basilica in honor of the Lady of Guadalupe.
Tartan Films will release this Mexican product for North American audiences, and it is sure to be the subject of some controversy due to its graphic scenes. (Kim Hollis/BOP)