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(PC, NA, AB, L, VV, S, B, Ho, O, M) Politically correct worldview featuring pagan system of false gods & homosexual relationship; 3 obscenities, 6 profanities & some vulgarities; moderate violence & one extremely gory scene; adultery & fornication strongly implied; consequences of sinful behavior depicted, though not the movie's purpose; homosexuality portrayed sympathetically; occultic references; and, psychological dysfunctions.
HEAVENLY CREATURES is a thrilling and bizarre story about the relationship between two teenage girls set in Christchruch, New Zealand, during the mid-fifties. Based on a homicide and murder trial that shocked that nation, the movie is an excellent psychological thriller that exposes a fantasy world consisting of a pagan system of false gods, sexual immorality and dysfunctional relationships. Director Peter Jackson does a superb job of delineating the grotesque fantasy world created by the two girls. The story is told primarily by Pauline, through her diary. She and Juliet meet in high school and are immediately attracted to each other. The girls gradually isolate themselves in their own fantasy world they call “the fourth kingdom,” which they say is better than heaven, because there are no Christians there. This unhealthy relationship between two psychologically disturbed girls ends in deadly tragedy.
The film is spellbinding, and the acting is excellent. The special effects in the fantasy kingdom, including animated clay figures, are imaginative, but overdone. HEAVENLY CREATURES features violence, homosexuality, infidelity, and divorce. While a superb psychological thriller, the movie cannot escape the fundamental biblical principle that the wages of sin is death.