Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Batalla en el cielo

Overall, I did not like Batalla en el cielo. The fact that is it was almost a border line pornography film kind of helped with determining my opinion because it lacked dialogue and overall story telling; you didn’t really know what people were thinking or why they were acting the way they were. The movie mainly relied on the cinematography with the visual shots as there were many facial and body close-ups. It’s like the director wanted to put you in the persons place to see what one would see in real life. Like when Marcus would lose his glasses and all he saw was a blur, then the camera would become blurry. And when that would happen the focus was then on the audio as certain sounds would resonate louder than others, such as the clocks to possibly act as symbols to give clues or hidden meanings the filmmakers wanted to use. The director looks like he wanted to use a different style to maybe have a shock value to get audiences talking. With a lack of script you were focused on trying to read peoples body language and use the environment to help set the mood. In a way, the audience would be the one making up the storyline as they interpreted it themselves. This film, as a few films we have watched so far, has again centered mainly on a negative story from start to finish. It showed the misery of a couple living a miserable life when their kidnapping victim ends up dead. The constant close-ups of Marcus and his wife kind of made things eerie as it first gave an impression that they were desperate people, along with the long pauses of them staring at each other, kind of made things awkward as you weren’t sure what to make of it. It didn’t help advance the storyline as it didn’t help explain why they did the kidnapping or how the child died and kind of put us in a moment in their lives as we interrupted their misfortunes and watched their life unfold.

A few scenes that I did not quite understand were when Marcus ends up killing Ana. He leaves her place and walks into the hallway and pauses where he wets himself and then decides to walk back into her place and kills her. Because there is no reasoning why he did this one could only assume that maybe when she used the words when she was seeing him off, “you will always be in my heart” that maybe that angered him as that was the same thing his wife used and that his wife meant more to him than her and felt betrayed by the girl. Another possibility could be that when he said that he was going to turn himself in that he expected a better reaction from her, because it looked like she didn’t care much and sort of wanted him to leave the apartment quickly with not much concern.


  1. Yes it is precisely the lack of dialogue and straight-forward 'story-telling' that make me appreciate this film. Reygadas says in the interview, "I hate films that present clear characters-this lawyer is wearing this watch, which means he is of this social status, and he has this kind of problem and we know exactly how it will be solved. I don't think life is that way. Even when we say we like this or want that, we really don't mean it; we are overwhelmed by ourselves, despite ourselves." Reygadas intentionally did not spoon-feed the audience information and suggest that life and stories such as that of Marcos and Ana can be told straight-forwardly. This, to me is refreshing. I think it also plays into the long takes of sex and naked bodies - they illustrate the notion of life being mysterious, of people's desires not always being straightforward or even clearly known to them.

  2. At the first sight i was totally shocked and i thought maybe it was a pornography.But later i changed my idea. All pornographic scenes are not delivering an erotic sense, instead i feel disgusted and uncomfortable, and i'm wondering if it a pornography, is is the influence the director wants to make? probably not. maybe he makes it for other reasons. For me, i think maybe he just wants to show what truly happens in the real life, and that's why he choose normal people other than professional actors.