Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey are convincing as self-centered, fantasy-obsessed and disturbing teenage girls. It was the first mainstream movie from Peter Jackson that put the director on a new and bolder path. While it ends a bit abruptly for my taste as it would have been interesting to see how the murder affected the girls later in life. The actor playing Orson Welles look like a freak version of him.
Truly credit to Jackson's talent as a filmmaker, Heavenly Creatures is a gorgeous, empathetic and considered film, brimming with passionate and disturbing currents. The contrast between the safety and innocence of Pauline and Juliet's fantasy world and the reality of their situation, where they lack control and face prejudice, is blended beautifully to portray the intoxicating nature of their relationship and crime.
Great visual flare in this, as well as an eclectic mix of genre-altering visuals that are masterfully tied together throughout the whole film. Lynskey and Winslet do a wonderful job with a gradual descent into madness and they both take it full force in the last 20-30 minutes. Text exposition ending was pure lazy though.
Disturbing. But perceptive. Artistic, and beautifully filmed. The exotic village air of a New Zealand fantasy... The democratic connection between social class...The English escape to NZ...The genuine of ordinary local...The burden of the gifted individual...The now, the fear, the circularity, the insurmontable. Young. Girlish. Green. Literary. In mental illness and maelstrom emotions. Gollum, Gollum!