A brutal 1954 murder that shocked New Zealand serves as the inspiration for this tale of two teenage girls with vivid imaginations who form an intense bond that results in the murder of one of their own mothers.
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Some interesting scene ideas bubble from Jackson's head in this one. I'd particularly make the ending darker, longer and would invest on their traumatic post killing scenes. It was too cute and oniric for me... more gore would make a better closure. I'd also cut at least 20 minutes of this movie's lenght.
A surreal (almost magical) journey through the maddening friendship and love between two teenage girls in 1950s New Zealand. The unholstered camera work and the inventive dream-world of the girls makes for a pretty surprising viewing to say the least. A fantastic breakout performance from Winslet, and a superb soundtrack full to the brim with croons and operas. As dark and true as it is, this film is truly creative.
Juliet is now a semi-obscure LDS fiction writer named Anne Perry. Pauline lives as a recluse in Scotland. They never met again. I wish Jackson could make another movie like this again. It's so intimate and beautiful, and there's just something hypnotic and fascinating about it. It isn't perfect, but damn, is it engaging.
Just had a wonderful reunion with Jackson's "Heavenly Creatures". A rather disturbing film about two emotionally unstable girls, bound by a fascination for the macabre. It’s visually stunning, and the contrast between the actual story and their dream world is masterfully balanced and developed through out the film. Five stars and thumbs up for this heavenly film!
What is most incredible about Jackson's portrayal of the events is that he neither exonerates nor demonizes its characters. One can see the events the lead to the crime and its tragic aftermath and feel empathy for the girls and yet still find them absolutely responsible for their actions. Well deserved Oscar nod. Could easily be argued to be Peter Jackson's best film.
Que trabajo magnífico de Jackson. El aspecto visual y rítmico de la película me ganó por completo, y la perversidad detrás del mundo mágico de estas dos niñas terminó por enamorarme. Quien diría que las Lynskey acabaría en Two and a Half Men. Su talento da para mucho, mucho más. Winslet impecable. All in all una película excelente.
Maybe it's just me but It felt as if 80% of this film consisted of the two girls running around, flapping their arms and screaming. I had a ringing sound in my ears for hours long after this film ended.