Heaven might resemble Run Lola Run for having a courageous female protagonist who is decided to change her fate by sheer determination. What make Heaven different from earlier works of Tyker are the canny scripting of Krzysztof Kieślowski and riveting performance from Cate Blanchett. Heaven is not a thriller though it is endowed with some platitudes. Heaven is a tale of love and a race for survival. And Heaven stands for those palliative moments one long for and gets in the midst of miseries.
Phillipa, an English high school teacher played by Cate Blanchett, is on the run to avenge for the death of her students. Her motives wind up when she is arrested for being the reason behind an elevator blast. Heaven opens for her when Filippo, a Carabinieri fell in love with her. Leaving his career and life at stake, Filippo teams up with Phillipa. Becoming the fugitive from the law, Phillipa finds her saviour in Filippo.Moments with him makes her hopeful about a life which she believed to be long gone. In the end, the fate of the couple is never revealed. Was that a journey to a world of eternity free from law and order or was that a temporary safeguard? I prefer to believe in the former since the helicopter is disappearing in the clouds which is figurative of the angels ascending from the paradise.
Paying excessive homage to 17th and 16th century Italian painters, many a times European architecture itself become a silent character in the film throughout. When it serves as a fine character explorer, there are times it acts as a silent catalyst in character moulding. When the paintings become witnesses of the blooming defiant love, the walls baby sits for the fugitive couples. The scene where the couple share a cup of ice cream among themselves is one of the most touching scene in the film. Cate Blanchett renowned for experimenting a wide range of looks for her characters throughout her career does the same in Heaven. Simple but totally unrecognizable, she just shaved her head.Is that a mere makeover procederal or a meatophor - An allegory for the blues one has to undergo to attain the elysium, especially a beautiful haired women symbolize for prosperity?
Krzysztof Kieślowski was known for ornate works that reveals less in a first watch and this something that contradicts in Heaven. Many reasons can be assumed, firstly the script came to the hands of the director only years after the demise. Secondly visions of the director and writer stays at poles.Fortunately Heaven is not entirely free from Krzysztofian style and it never can’t be as it was from a writer of unestimated potential. Phillipa grieves for the lives of the innocents she took unintentionally. Its only after meeting Filippo she regains her confidence to face off her unfinished task. Phillipa personify those discontent good at heart souls in search for salvation. Kieślowski's obsession on religion is well known and I am not surprised when Phillipa reminds me the Penitent thief. Though Phillipa finds her saviour in Filippo, there is never an indication for an omnipresent derivation for him. Being sinned Filippo stands for someone as someone who finds forgiveness, shares it with Philippa and leads her to salvation ultimately.