Heavenly Creatures

Heavenly Creatures

DVD - 2001?
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When circumstances bring together two bright and highly imaginative teenage schoolgirls they quickly form an unwavering bond, creating a fantasy world that only they can share. Disturbed by the intensity of the friendship, their parents threaten to keep them apart. The girls vow to stay together, devising a secret plan that leads to shocking consequences.

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vickmeister
Jul 07, 2018

Based on true events, "Heavenly Creatures" tells the strange and disturbing story of two teens in 1950s New Zealand who fell deeper and deeper into a twisted fantasy world of their own making, leading ultimately to murder. Pauline and Juliet are misfits from opposite worlds, thrown together at school and discovering common ground in a love of drama and creative writing. Dazzled by the glamorous, contemptuously confident Juliet, working-class Pauline is all too willing to follow her rebellious lead as an escape from the drabness of her own daily life. Soon the two girls are inseparable, their escalating shared madness isolating them further and further from the frustrated people around them, who just don't understand. A fascinating psychological story that reminded me in ways of what happened with the Manson family, where a shared madness left unchecked can eventually lead to unspeakable consequences. I was inspired to read further about the case and saw that Peter Jackson's depiction of the story stays pretty true to the known facts, using Pauline's actual diary entries as narration.

SnoIsleLib_CraigB Jul 07, 2018

Director Peter Jackson hit Hollywood's radar when he released Heavenly Creatures in 1994. Before that, he had been content to lie low, creating works of gratuitous shock comedy (Meet the Feebles) and equally gratuitous horror comedy (Dead Alive) for New Zealand audiences. Heavenly Creatures was something different, something profoundly more mature, and something that, without its existence, would probably not have led to Jackson helming The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Its phantasmagorical depiction of two girls' collective dreamworld is eerie and original. Breakout starlet Kate Winslet's blistering performance probably didn't hurt either! If you like surreal true-crime dramas, you'll love this movie.

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PeterRLD
Feb 10, 2018

I thought this was pretty much a dud. The girls irritated me. Juliet's dreadful parents were alternatingly spoiling her and ignoring her. Pauline's parents were sweet. I didn't care much for Borovinia. Glad Peter Jackson decided to focus on Middle Earth.

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Persnickety77
Sep 23, 2015

Beautiful and cruel. Winslet and Lynskey are perfect as the leads. The movie really captures the weird, obsessive fantasy world young girls can trap themselves in. Also, Juliet Hulme (kate Winslet) grew up to be the mystery author Anne Perry!

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Bang_On
Mar 01, 2014

Nope. No "Heavenly Creatures" in this movie-from-hell.

If you're seriously looking for a real "ding-dong" demented, teen, lesbian "love-story" movie (with a truly laughable murder thrown in for good measure), then Heavenly Creatures is your one-way ticket to the 5th dimension of sheer, grate-on-your-nerves wackiness.

I really don't know where to begin expressing my total disappointment over this utterly preposterous, unbelievably irksome, and decidedly over-rated Chick Flick from 1994.

Had I been able to take something of a genuine liking towards the Parker/Hulme characters, then, yes, that would've made a whole world of difference when it came to my appreciation for Heavenly Creatures.

But, I found these two flaky teens (who were forever hand-in-hand and (unconvincingly) gushing over each other) to be about as irritating a pair of lovers (be they straight or gay) that I've ever had to endure in any movie in a mighty long time.

Anyways - When it finally came down to Pauline & Juliet actually getting around to committing their nasty, little murder (which, of course, was a lot more bloody than it was believable) I had grown so frickin' sick & tired of this film's non-stop nonsense that I really couldn't have cared about it, one way, or the other.

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Monolith
May 19, 2013

A remarkable film on all counts. Tolkien filmmaker Peter Jackson's creative imagination is clearly evident with Pauline & Juliet's fantasy clay people sequences. I didn't realize that "Two and a Half Men" supporting actress Melanie Lynskey was a fellow New Zealander. It was weird hearing her native accent here as a pouting, rebellious teenager. She and Kate Winslet were obviously destined for bigger things with these feature film debuts, although I'll say Winslet's was the standout.

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WormsBookChief
Feb 11, 2013

What a horrific and strange story, hard to believe it's real! The acting is amazing, and the way the film is laid out, is incredibly creative.

HOL Dec 21, 2012

Terribly sad, and strange, the story that is, the film was great.

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Monolith
May 19, 2013

Herbert Rieper (to his daughter Pauline, who's listening to a Mario Lanza record): "Hey! Isn't that that famous Irish singer: 'Murray O'Lanza'?"

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Monolith
May 19, 2013

Juliet Hulme (to Pauline Parker): "...All the best people have bad chests and bone diseases. It's all frightfully romantic!"

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