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Days of Heaven

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Unforgettable 1978 love triangle drama includes violence.

Movie PG 2022 94 minutes
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Days of Heaven is one of those films that should be seen more than once to appreciate the subtleties in how the story is conveyed. The story of the love triangle itself would have been enough to make this an enjoyable movie, but when matched with Malick's capacity to capture great meaning through visuals, it becomes a cinematic gem of American filmmaking.

Director Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line) thrusts a familiar love triangle story against an unforgettable backdrop of the difficulties of the American Dream in the early 20th Century. He wraps the story and the visuals in an exploration of human nature, ambition, survival, Social Darwinism, and the Industrial Revolution. The colors of the skies and the wheat fields, the noises of steel mills and locusts, and the inevitable confrontations between the characters in the film's climax all make this a must-see for movie lovers, especially fans of 1970's cinema.

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