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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
18
Cast
Kate Winslet.
Directors
Peter Jackson.
Screenwriters
Running Time
183 minutes

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Heavenly Creatures
The breakout movie for soon-to-be-stars Kate Winslet and Peter Jackson.


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Plot
Based on true events from 1950's New Zealand, where Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme met as schoolgirls and instantly became best friends. They created a fantasy world together, gradually shutting out the real world. When Parker's mother attempted to separate them, they murdered her.


Review
Kate Winslet received all the praise for her striking performance in this true story of a pair of fantasist girls who kill the mother of one of the two, but in hindsight it's now more noticeable as the film that marked Peter Jackson as a director capable of more than gleefully daft horror.

Jackson holds the film in an almost permanent dreamlike state so that the girls' plotting of their horrible crime seems like just another part of the fantasy world they create to distract themselves, making the final scenes all the more shocking. The effects are impressive, and a fine example of style not overwhelming substance. While most true murder stories are relegated to movie of the week fodder, this never wastes a moment in justifying its big screen presence.


Verdict
Taut, clever, and fronted with two excellent performances, this is a clever choice for Jackson's first step into mainstream filmmaking.


Reviewed by Olly Richards

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Heavenly Creatures

Peter Jackson´s career took a turn for the better with this remarkable debut to the Drama side of film making. The film Stars Kate Winslet of Titanic Fame and Melanie Lynskey who can now be seen on TV as Rose in Two And A Half Men, it seems that Peter Jackson started the later one´s career since she has gotten a large amount of work after this film and for a good reason. Both of the actresses are smashing in there performances in a film that has a very horrifying story material, the th... More

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Posted by AxelB at 23:18, 22 October 2008 | Report This Post


Absolutely Brilliant

This is one of the most enthralling, fantastical and clever films I've ever seen. Jackson's fantasy and epic aspirations are clear even here and Kate Winslet's performance is so passionate and wonderful that it stands on it's own, regardless of her future triumphs. It is a pity Melanie Lynskey's career didn't flower in the same way - though she is also terrific and emotionally deeper. ... More

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