Heaven Knows What

Film, Drama
5 out of 5 stars
Heaven Knows What

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

This indie drama about New York junkies feels absolutely honest

This extraordinary indie chronicles young junkies on New York’s West Side. If it feels authentic, that’s because its writer and star Arielle Holmes, a former addict, based the script on her own experiences. She plays Harley, a teenager who is as frighteningly committed to her daily fix as she is to her emotionally remote boyfriend (a scary Caleb Landry Jones).

As gritty as ‘Heaven Knows What’ often feels, it’s lightened up by empathy and poetic moments: desperate kisses; a passed-out couch-nap lit by slanting sunbeams; a beautifully eerie synth score by Japanese composer Isao Tomita. This isn’t easy to watch, but it is bold, brave filmmaking.


Release details

Release date:
Friday April 29 2016
94 mins

Cast and crew

Joshua Safdie, Ben Safdie
Joshua Safdie, Ronald Bronstein
Caleb Landry Jones
Arielle Holmes
Buddy Duress
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