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452 Ratings

Heaven Knows What

Directed by Joshua Safdie, Ben Safdie
United States, 2014


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.

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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
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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
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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
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