For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
3.4
452 Ratings

Heaven Knows What

Directed by Joshua Safdie, Ben Safdie
United States, 2014
Drama

Synopsis

While you sleep soundly in your bed, the night lepers lord the streets of New York City, lusting after the highest high. Harley “homeless” Holmes is their patron saint, caught in the throws of perpetual extremes. On one corner, her malevolent lover demands a bloodletting.

This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
Heaven Knows What Directed by Joshua Safdie, Ben Safdie
The honesty of Holmes’ writing carried over into an exceptionally raw and believable performance as Harley, her onscreen alter-ego. Safdie has noted that Holmes “exists in hours,”[ii] and possibly this state of mind allowed her to pull herself away from her life enough to reenact it on camera.
December 15, 2016
Read full article
The film shares a milieu with Larry Clark’s Kids, but bypasses the initial seductive outlaw glamour of heroin in favour of plunging into the jarring chaos of addict life. It’s a tough, frequently unpleasant watch. A score of jabbing electronica tips the audience off kilter and the characters are not easy people to care about. The attrition of addiction has worn away their personalities, leaving just a gaping, unlovely need.
May 01, 2016
Read full article
As the film creeps towards his sudden conclusion, it seems like the Safdies have nestled a subtle, Romeo and Juliet-like love story at the film’s core. It’s why this film is beautiful.
April 28, 2016
Read full article

What are people saying?

Related films