- Interview with director Carlos Reygadas and actress Anapola Mushkadiz
- Clips from Carlos Reygadas first film Japon
Battle In Heaven
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Marcos (Marcos Hernandez) is the middle-aged chauffeur of Ana (Anapola Mushkadiz), daughter of a Mexican general who amuses herself by working as a prostitute in a high-end brothel. Marcos and his wife (Berta Ruiz) have kidnapped a baby for ransom but it went tragically wrong when the infant died. When he confesses his guilt to Ana, a bond of secrecy consecrated by the flesh unites them. As the police draw closer, she urges him to turn himself in but instead he seeks redemption from a higher power.
Battle In Heaven, Carlos Reygadas follow-up to Japón, opens with a controversial oral sex scene involving beauty, Ana (Anapola Mushkadiz), and the beast, Marcos (Marcos Hernández). Marcos is Anas chauffeur, who has kidnapped and accidentally killed a baby. Ana, a generals daughter by day and a prostitute by night, confides in Marcos and performs sexual favors for him in order to persuade him to turn himself in. She is too young, however, to understand Marcoss confused mental state, and her sensitive position with him puts her in peril. Set in Mexico City, this tragic drama is as much about failed intimacy as it is about Mexican class structure, as Ana and Marcos attempt to bridge the class gap. A few explicit sex scenes show Marcos in bed with Ana or his wife (Bertha Ruiz), thus garnering it reviews that compare it to The Brown Bunny. In fact, the slow pacing and artsy, self-consciously composed shots do remind one of The Brown Bunny, in that both films are initially interesting but grow dull as their plots take forever to unfold. An intriguing plot is buried under seemingly eternal panoramic shots of the city, painfully slow conversation between characters, and constant close-ups of Marcos face that are meant to capture his angst but only deter narrative. Nevertheless, this films merit is based in its experimental energy, and any director who follows up a graphic sex scene with a cut to the waving of the countrys flag (in this case Mexicos) has my respect. --Trinie Dalton
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But then I kept coming back to unattractive it all was. There's always a certain charm in the vulgar; a comfort in the repetitive; and a fascination with intense lack of beauty. In the end, it's the polar opposite of what we expect movies to be. I think Reygadas gets it right.
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