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Hemel (2012)

Hannah Hoekstra , Sacha Polak  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hannah Hoekstra
  • Directors: Sacha Polak
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Dutch
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Artsploitation Films
  • DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,098 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

12 page collector's booklet
An interview with director Sacha Polak, star Hannah Hoekstra and screenwriter
Helena van der Meulen.
Trailers for other Artsploitation Films releases

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Product Description

Sacha Polak s debut feature is a frank and explicit look at carnal desire that is told from a distinctly female perspective. She paints an erotically charged portrait of a woman whose casual sexual encounters mask a loneliness and a craving for intimacy. Hemel (Hannah Hoekstra) is a young woman who drifts through a series of anonymous one-night stands and seems only close to her father. When he finds himself a girlfriend, Hemel s jealousy puts her on the emotional edge. An emotionally and physically raw study of sexuality that is nothing less than mesmerizing.


''Beautifully lensed look at the moment just before a daughter has to let go of her father should travel extensively and turn Polak into a name to watch.'' --Variety

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99 of 100 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hemel June 3, 2013
By Frank
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I purchased this Video from Amazon, but was so distracted by the pixelated windows blocking the genetalia that I deleted it after 10 minutes.
If Amazon is going to offer altered product for sale they should clearly label it as having been doctored, censored or altered from it's original condition.
I must say however that this is the only instance of dissatisfaction I've had in dealing with Amazon.
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124 of 129 people found the following review helpful
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Hemel is Heaven but Hemel is far from heavenly. She has an issue with intimacy, unable to relate on any level but sexually. This drama tracks her through a number of one night stands and follows her one close relationship, her father. Sadly, Amazon's version has drifting opaque windows to block our view of genitalia. If the director/editor had intended this, a small change in camera angle could have accomplished the same thing. I found it as annoying as the smartphone user sitting in front of me in a dark theater or even as bad as putting a fig leaf on a Rodin sculpture. I've seen a huge number of films but not this form of censorship for about 30 years.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy the censored version August 2, 2013
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To try to censor it, Amazon put on some screen mesh on the private parts. It is awful. Do not buy the censored version.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not what you think it is. August 16, 2013
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I'd look for the uncensored version.
Having watched it, I can tell you that it IS dramatic, but still... It's not what you think it is.
I'd look elsewhere.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hemel March 12, 2013
It is said that some daughters are attracted to their fathers at some point in their lives. Those kinds of feelings are rarely explored in cinema, as they are delicate issues to deal with. The unforgettable "Hemel" takes a sincere and penetrating approach to this facet of life, and it triumphs in every level.

Hemel (Hannah Hoekstra) -- which means heaven in Dutch -- is a gorgeous 23 year-old woman who we meet right at the beginning of the film, in a chapter called "Genital Phase." Here, we find Hemel with what we assume is her boyfriend, both totally naked, on a bed, somewhere before, during or after sex - or none at all. Their talk is aggressive and inflammatory, with the male lover asking Hemel, "You don't shave, do you?" And Hemel answering, "Why?", and her boyfriends telling her, "You have a hairy c--t." Hemel, not particularly happy, responds, "Yes. And?" To which her lover says, "I'm not a bushman." Still unhappy, Hemel tells him, "Oh, you are a child molester." The lover then asks, "Ever had a mouthful of pubic hair?" And so goes this formidable scene, a Kodak moment of real life. From then on, the movie evolves into small chapters exploring Hemel's sexual life and her close relationship with her father - she doesn't have a mother. We'll witness how Hemel deals with several lovers, always finding something wrong with them, including one Algerian man, whose tenderness bothers her. She tells him that she didn't "like afterplay, petting after an orgasm. It's more masculine to fall sleep after sex, like lions." She also talks harsh to and is sarcastic with her loved ones, including her father. However, it is her father that she trusts more and seems to want to imitate.

Director Sacha Polak says that "Hemel" is about a father and daughter who have a symbiotic relationship.
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37 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heaven's (Hemel's) Hell" a portrait March 15, 2013
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There would be much to say about this provocative movie...if I knew its ultimate theme.
And provocative it is!
In the first scene, Hemel (startlingly beautiful, though extremely skinny!), played by Hannah Hoekstra, speaks of "c--ts" and the feminist take on shaving pubic hair.
After a couple of more guys pass through her world in the night, the one man who means the most to her, her father Gijs (Hans Dagelet). enters the picture.
He is always with a woman, and they're all young and beautiful.
(In one scene, a restaurant waiter mistakes Hemel for Gijs's wife!!)
The music, and the general tone of the movie, is somber, sad.
Hemel tells her father she saw a man commit suicide by jumping off a roof.
She wonders if she should have jumping down after him!
As I said earlier, Hemel (Hoekstra!) is almost anorexically thin!!
(I personally prefer a fleshier woman!)
She is seen peeing three times during the movie.
I mention this because, in one scene, she stands up while a man.
In another scene, her father carries her, like a child, to the toilet, telling the just-woken Hemel "You have to pee!".
Is she incontinent?
Does she have a bladder problem?
Then, at the end, in a highly emotional scene, her nose begins bleeding.
Some physical problem?
Hemel is a wonderful movie, but I give it "just" 4 stars for what it does NOT tell us about....Heaven!

By the way, my DVD did not play the special features section!
It's not my computer, as on all my other DVD's, I can play the special features.
But when I clicked on that section, nothing happened!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Painful Film - Sad and Disturbing February 13, 2014
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This is a sad film that follows the life of a young woman who, to be honest, I developed very little attachment with. Which, I think, was one of the goals of the director.

Self destructive, Hemel forms fleeting shallow relationships while harboring powerful emotions for her father, who, like her seems unable to forge meaningful connections.

This is a dark film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was another good movie. I'm sure I'll watch it again.
Published 18 days ago by James Bishop
4.0 out of 5 stars Gratification, without the commitment
Sexual gratification, without the commitment, appears to be the lead character's mission. As the plot unfolds, you realize that there is more to Hemel than something as simple as... Read more
Published 1 month ago by citan-uzuki
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
could have been better
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Smooth
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie very dark but real.
Published 1 month ago by Jacob m. Ludwig
4.0 out of 5 stars good watch
I'm still settling in on what I think about the movie. The last 5-10 minutes of the movie seem a bit abrupt, kind of like life some time is but am wondering if the ending was... Read more
Published 2 months ago by jda
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable Movie.
I watched this when it came in. This movie probably been a lot more than it was, but the Director did a good job of staying focused on the Story and characters, and out taking... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Charlie Spivey
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
this is exactly what I wanted. It fits right over my exercise bike's display. Holds magazines, books, ipad, phone and I can see my display through it! I love it! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michelle
2.0 out of 5 stars not a redeeming work of art
i couldn't watch this movie. could not finish it. the female lead was very beautiful but, who wants to watch a 20yr old "sleep around?". it's very very boring. Read more
Published 5 months ago by DAVID ARLEDGE
1.0 out of 5 stars Censored
It is censored so what is the point of making this know what is happening but you are not allowed to see.
Published 6 months ago by L. Beachum
5.0 out of 5 stars Between the Lines
This movie leaves out a lot of information about the girl. You watch her bang many guys and towards the end you meet daddy. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jane's Addiction
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