Heaven (1998)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Thriller  |   Release Date - Apr 30, 1999 (USA)  |   Run Time - 102 min.  |   Countries - New Zealand  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Scott Reynolds directed this New Zealand thriller about a transsexual stripper. Architect Robert Marling (Martin Donovan) has mounting problems that include drinking, gambling, and alimony payments to his ex, Jennifer (Joanna Going), who's attempting to gain custody of their son. Redesigning a strip club for his psycho friend Stanner (Richard Schiff), Marling meets transsexual dancer Heaven (Danny Edwards), who has precognitive visions. Heaven's therapist, Dr. Melrose (Patrick Malahide), employs his patient's predictions to boost his own bank account. With all professional ethics evaporating, the evil Melrose sleeps with Jennifer while counseling Marling. Hallucinatory visions prompt Heaven to warn Marling of even more hellish events awaiting in his future. Shown at the 1998 Montreal World Film Festival and the 1998 Toronto Film Festival.

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prediction, vision [mystical], stripper, transsexual, ethics, therapist, counselor, gambling, custody-battle