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1,099 Ratings

Heaven Knows What

United States, 2014


Welcome to the restless world of Harley, a heroin addict in today’s New York. Tangled up in the melancholy romance of a destructive relationship with Ilja, she seeks solace with another addict, Mike. Based on the experiences of Arielle Holmes, who herself plays Harley.

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Heaven Knows What Directed by Joshua Safdie, Benny Safdie
The honesty of Holmes’ writing carried over into an exceptionally raw and believable performance as Harley, her onscreen alter-ego.
December 15, 2016
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I remember someone like Burroughs saying that addiction had a very organizing effect on one’s life, to wit, you got up whenever you got up knowing that you had to do two things that day: cop and shoot up. Everything else is leisure time. I have not seen another film that put across the algebra of need so pitilessly and accurately. A horrific masterpiece.
December 18, 2015
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With its stripped-bare, psycho-sonic melodrama, the film elevates both real and staged to a sort of euphoric, symphonic rawness that mimics the brutal theatricality of the streets. This is no formal exercise, but an exaggerated reality about deep emotional truths.
October 23, 2014
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