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Heavenly Creatures [Blu-ray] [1995] [Region 1]

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  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Shot on location in Canterbury, New Zealand. HEAVENLY CREATURES was the debut film for both Kate Winslet (who plays Juliet Marion Hulme) and Melanie Lynskey (who plays Pauline Yvonne Parker). At the time of the film's release, it came out that Juliet Hulme had become a well-known author of murder mysteries, writing under the name Anne Perry. She had been living quietly in Scotland, and neither her neighbors nor her publisher had any idea of her true identity. Apparently, the writer disapproved of the way her character was portrayed in the movie, especially the romantic implications surrounding her relationship with Parker. It was discovered at the time of the trial that Pauline's parents, Honora and Herbert Rieper, had never married, so Pauline was tried and convicted under her mother's maiden name of Parker. Both girls were found guilty of murder in August 1954. Neither received long sentences: Juliet was released in November 1959 and left New Zealand; Pauline was released two weeks later and stayed in New Zealand, on parole, until 1965. The court's leniency was dependent on the condition that they never see each other again. Seventeen of the girls' former classmates were interviewed to ensure the film's accuracy. Director Peter Jackson has a cameo appearance as a bum outside a movie theater. The film features music sung by Mario Lanza: "Be My Love," "Donkey Serenade," "The Loveliest Night of the Year," and "You'll Never Walk Alone." "We have decided how sad it is for other people that they cannot appreciate our genius."--from the diary of Pauline Parker (Melanie Lynskey) "It is indeed a miracle, one must feel/That two such heavenly creatures are real."--from the diary of Pauline Parker
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  • Credits
    Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse, Diana Kent, Clive Merrison, Simon O'Connor
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Exhilaratingly weird....Cruel logic and pitch-black humor..." - Recommended
    Premiere

    "...A startling and haunting film....Blazing performances..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...A feverish intensity to recommend it....[Lynskey and Winslet are] disturbingly effective..."
    New York Times

    "...Intense and disturbing....Breathtakingly vital..." -- Rating: A+
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Major passion, seamless narrative...and a berserk admonitory vibrancy....The film is inspired..."
    Film Comment

    "...CREATURES has a witty, overwrought visual style that the girls themselves would probably favor, and it makes good dramatic use of state-of-the-art special effects..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Enthralling and frightening..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...Unknowns Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet are exceptional finds..."
    USA Today

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