You don't stay indifferent to this film. I didn't love it, but I enjoyed watching it nevertheless. It's definitely a highly symbolic art film about contemporary Mexican society, worth a view. Beautifully shot, with long and unexpected shots. But I still prefer Post Tenebras Lux.
I would rate it 3.5 in 5. The world of Mexico City is captured so well in this film: religion, kidnappings, politics, art/paintings, the wide divide between the rich and the poor and sex. Inventive cinema. Reygadas improves considerably in his later works-Silent light and Post tenebras lux. But this film is indicative of his latent talent.
Surprising opening scene pulled me in; rest of the film made me wonder why I bothered. I quite liked how the was sex is shot, particularly the post shag liedown, but by the end of it it feels like the film would not have much to stand on without the graphic contents. The story is weak, and a peek and a glance could tell as much as much as a drawn out blowjob.
Battle In Heaven may well have some powerful, 'incendiary' imagery, but there is simply nothing of substance here. Carlos Reygadas has managed to make a film with real sex, some brutal violence & a plot involving a baby kidnap gone wrong and the daughter of a powerful general involved in prostitution amazingly dull. I gave this film an hour and a half of my full and undivided attention and got nothing back for it.
Hay escenas que parecen reflejar una intención artística, pero que regresa vacía, sin contenido, sin riqueza visual o auditiva. Vamos… como tirar a los patos. Mucho relleno, mucha calma, demasiada… y lo peor, las escenas innecesariamente grotescas, con personajes que parecen emanados de un cuadro de Botero, jadeando, gimiendo… no sé que vi: una película o un documental de National Geographic.