Heavenly Creatures

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Heavenly Creatures Review


This film tells the story of two teenage girls, Juliet (Kate Winslet) and Pauline (Melanie Lynskey), who become friends in the course of comparing their illnesses.

Soon, it becomes apparent that each has great artistic ability, particularly in writing fantasy stories, and they begin to collaborate on their own version of the gothic fantasy novel. Soon, the line between fantasy and reality starts to blur for the girls, and in some sense, the two are able to conjure an entrance to their imaginary world, making the friends inseparable. Later, Juliet's parents decide to move out of the country, and the girls are crushed. Slowly, a plan develops to murder Pauline's mother, who they see as the major barrier to their happiness together.

The movie's many forays into the imagination become painfully real when you realize that this film is based on a true story. Directed by Peter Jackson, famous for a couple of gore-fest horror films, this is a serious departure from his earlier work. Thankfully, Jackson's unique style and uncanny ability as a director make this one of the best and most powerful films of 1994.

Mummy dearest.



Heavenly Creatures

Facts and Figures

Run time: 99 mins

In Theaters: Friday 14th October 1994

Box Office Worldwide: $3M

Budget: $5M

Distributed by: Miramax Films

Production compaines: Miramax Films, WingNut Films, New Zealand Film Commission, Fontana Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Fresh: 45 Rotten: 3

IMDB: 7.5 / 10

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Starring: as Pauline Parker Rieper, as Juliet Hulme, as Honorah Parker Rieper, Simon O'Connor as Herbert Rieper, as Hilda Hulme, as Dr. Henry Hulme, Gilbert Goldie as Dr. Bennett, as John, as John

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