"New Zealand, 1954: two 14-year-old girls who feel misunderstood at school and by their parents share a passion for opera tenor Mario Lanza.
"New Zealand, 1954: Two 14-year-old girls who feel misunderstood at school and by their parents share a passion for opera tenor Mario Lanza. They become friends and boost each other into a dazzling dream world. When their parents try to separate them, their hatred erupts in a crime."
"Heavenly Creaturesis a poetic psychological thriller based on true facts about the banal origins of evil and the mutual conditionality of idyll and horror. Loosely based on the accounts of the real perpetrators, Jackson's perfectly formed film attempts to reveal the individual and social backgrounds of a spectacular murder case."
"Kate Winslet's acting is brilliant: with wide-set eyes and full lips, her face seems almost hyperreal, like an animation of acumen, mischief, sensuality and eventual sinister hostility. In the course of her career, she became a more mature, less showy, more subtle actress, but always convincing (...). In a way, this first role of hers is the most seductive and the funniest performance of her whole career."
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, August 26, 2011
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New Zealand/Germany 1994.
99 min. color. 35 mm. E/d/f Director: Peter Jackson Screenplay: Peter Jackson, Frances Wal Cinematography: Alun Bollinger Editing: Jamie Selkirk Music: Peter Dasent Starring: Kate Winslet, Melanie Linskey, Sarah Peirse
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