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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Not all angels are innocent

This is one of my favourite movies. It's a really interesting take on a true story. Peter Jackson is best known for horror flicks and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but this is a really cool movie from the mid-90s that didn't make much money but is still worth a look. That's Kate Winslet, pre-Titanic.

In the 1950s, Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme became best friends. Both were teenagers in small-town New Zealand. Their parents were uncomfortable with their friendship, and made plans to separate them. The girls were distraught and murdered Pauline's mother, believing that with her out of the way, they could be together. They were sent to prison and released years later on the condition that they could never see each other again.

Both girls were given new identities. Juliet Hulme is now a world-famous novelist who writes under the name Anne Perry.

I haven't just spoiled Heavenly Creatures for you. The movie is full of foreshadowing and it is best on the second or third viewing. And I do believe that the soaring overhead shot from the mountain is the same one used in the beginning of The Two Towers.

UPDATE: Here are the first ten minutes of the movie. I won't link to more than this. If you like what you see, go rent the rest.