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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Slogdance 19 — Battle in Heaven

Posted by on January 26 at 23:09 PM

The Mexican film Battle in Heaven gained notoriety when it premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival because it opens and closes with a man getting a blow job. And this is not your typical movie or porn star type, but a pudgy middle aged man. There are also a couple of sex scenes in the movie, too—in one he has loving sex with his overweight wife, and in the other he has sex with the pretty prostitute who is the daughter of the rich family he works for (they don’t know about her side-job).

From Carlos Reygadas, director of the acclaimed 2002 film JapĂłn, this is another cinematic feat. The filmmaking is fantastic, patiently leading you through the story instead of telegraphing every move. With sweeping long takes and gorgeous composition, Raygadas is a director to be reckoned with. The plot might be a little thin, but who cares when you’re in the hands of a director you grow to trust?

Look for this one at the next SIFF.

-Andy Spletzer
reporting from Sundance


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