HEAVEN (Tom Tykwer) Rating: NNNN
Cate Blanchett plays a woman arrested for a failed assassination. Her police translator (Giovanni Ribisi) is smitten, and the two set out on an adventure full of distilled philosophy, grace notes of faith and yawning overhead Hitchcock shots. This script was to have launched a new trilogy for the late Krzysztof Kieslowski, and Tykwer (Run Lola Run) treats it with respect. His direction is spare and elegiac, sometimes to the point of slumber. Ribisi's work is disciplined, and Blanchett is note perfect, which makes me wish she could have worked with the real Polish master. A beautiful film, but inevitably unsatisfying. 93 minutes.