Carlos Reygadas • 2005 • Mexico • A web of sex and secrets in Mexico City
Ana's father is a Mexican general. Privileged, wealthy, and bored, she forms a connection with Marcos, the family chauffeur—he is the only member of her household who knows about her double life working as a high-end prostitute. This clandestine knowledge leads Marcos to confide in Ana a secret of his own.
Offering an intersectional view of race, class, and gender in Mexico City, Battle in Heaven is a provocative statement on structural forms of violence and their ripple effects. Carlos Reygadas's second film premiered at Cannes, Rotterdam, and Rio de Janeiro, where it won the FIPRESCI Prize.
Interview with Carlos Reygadas
Essay: A Cinema of Slow Violence