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Pale Fire: The Best of Cate Blanchett

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10. "Heaven" (2002): Directing a script written by the late Krzysztof Kieslowski, Tom Tykwer ("Run Lola Run") regrettably gussies up the writer's mediations of redemption with too much self-conscious filmmaking. However, Blanchett's Philippa -- a widow who commits a heinous act of terrorism -- is enough to give this melodrama a look. After hearing she's inadvertently blown up two children instead of her intended drug-dealing target, Philippa starts sobbing in a police interrogation room. That's the first and, alas, the last time we see any overt displays of emotion; the actress remains virtually expressionless for the remainder (even after having her head shaved on-screen) while still keeping us engaged with this weary criminal. Blanchett's performance ends up being an intriguing study in minimalism, done by an artist capable of playing the scales yet steadfastly sticking to one droning note for effect. (Miramax Films)
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