Dir. Peter Jackson
(1994, R, 99 min)

Heavenly Creatures is a film that succeeds because of how well it immerses us in the world its characters live in. Pauline (Melanie Lynskey) and Juliet (Kate Winslet) are adolescent girls who meet at school in 1950s New Zealand and develop a mutually dependent bond that concerns their respective parents. Pauline is sullen, keeps her head down, seems to be a good student but is alienated from those around her. Juliet, a British transfer student, is her opposite: she stands tall, speaks up, corrects their teacher insolently. There’s an immediate grin of admiration in Pauline when she watches Juliet assert herself … Read the rest of my review at Culturazzi.org.