If you haven't already heard, there is some graphic sex in Battle in Heaven. Chances are that if you haven't heard this, then you haven't heard anything about the film at all. There are certainly other things to discuss, but with an opening featuring hardcore fellatio it becomes difficult to ignore the prominence of its sexuality.

I would like nothing more than to focus on the story or the metaphoric representations that lie beneath it, but the fact of the matter is Battle in Heaven, like other blighted films before it, will only be remembered for its disturbing sex scenes. Though they serve a point, they are a distraction. Unfortunately eroticism in cinema continues to unfairly overshadow every other aspect of a movie in which it is used.

categories Reviews, Cinematical