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''Heavenly Creatures'' is a 1994 film by Creator/PeterJackson, and most notably the first film of KateWinslet.

The story is [[{{Narrator}} narrated]] by [[TeensAreMonsters 14-year old]] Pauline Rieper through her RealLife diary entries from the time she meets [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Juliet]] [[IllGirl Hulme]], to when they create [[ImagineSpot their own fantasy world]], to when their impending separation causes them to believe MurderIsTheBestSolution to their problems.

BasedOnATrueStory. Weird trivia note: the real Juliet Hulme later achieved international fame as best-selling mystery novelist Anne Perry.
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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AcheyScars: Pauline has a huge one on her leg; Juliet's ''are on her lungs.''
* BigFancyHouse: Ilam, home of the Hulmes.
* BloodFromTheMouth: Happens to Juliet.
* BritishRoyalFamily: The girls are supposed to write an essay on them; Juliet writes about the fictional royals of Borovnia. Pauline stands up for her by pointing out the assignment didn't specify ''which'' royals.
* TheCameo: The homeless guy Juliet hugs towards the beginning of the movie when she and Pauline are running out of the theater in joy is Peter Jackson.
* ChewingTheScenery: Kate Winslet goes into this area every now and again.
* CureYourGays
-->'''Doctor Bennett:''' Chances are she'll grow out of it. If not... well, medical science is progressing in leaps and bounds. There could be a breakthrough at any time!
* TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed: When the doctor tells Pauline's mother he has diagnosed Pauline with "homosexuality," he can barely get the word out.
* EnfantTerrible: Prince Diello.
--> '''Deborah:''' Although only ten, Diello has so far killed fifty-seven people and shows no desire to stop. ''[[AndThatsTerrible It worries me, Charles!]]''
* FauxDocumentary: The "Visit Christchurch!" film that begins the movie.
* TheFifties: The story takes place in 1954-55.
* GirlsLove: One of the more disturbing examples really.
* HenpeckedHusband: Dr. Hulme.
* HotGypsyWoman: Gina, a gypsy girl from Borovnia.
* HowWeGotHere: The film opens with a blood-spattered Pauline and Juliet screaming at passerby for help.
* IHaveManyNames: Pauline Rieper, AKA Paul (for short), Charles (role-playing), Gina (preferred name), and Yvonne (middle name/family nickname) [[spoiler: and Pauline Parker, after it's discovered that her parents never married, and Hilary Nathan, after being released from prison]]; Juliet Hulme, AKA Deborah ("Deborrah") [[spoiler: as well as the alias she used after she's released from prison]]. Additionally, Pauline renames her lover from boring ol' John to Nicholas.
* IllGirl: Both girls as children, but mainly Juliet.
* ImagineSpot: The girls imagine very violent things happening to a sanctimonious priest, a smarmy child psychologist, and their parents.
* InAWorld: Read straight ''and'' played with in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-vUl-1FJ9E the trailer]], narrated by none other than Creator/DonLaFontaine.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy [[LoveMakesYouEvil And Evil]]
* MadLove: It even has its own banner that explodes in blood!
* MadeOfPlasticine: The Borovnians. ''Literally''.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Juliet
* MarySue: In-universe, Empress Deborah and Gina seem to fit all the standard characteristics, especially because both are idealized versions of Juliet and Pauline, respectively.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: In Pauline's mind, the only thing standing between her and living with the Hulmes is her mother.
* [[MrImagination Ms. Imagination]]: Both Pauline and Juliet by quite a bit.
* NewYearsResolution
* NoKillLikeOverKill: Diello, the young prince of Borovnia, who kills pretty much everyone who isn't his parents.
* ParentsAsPeople: Despite being seen as a villain keeping her from Juliet, Pauline's mother really does seem to care about what is best for her but just doesn't know how to handle her. [[BrattyTeenageDaughter Pauline didn't make it easy for her.]]
* ParentalObliviousness
* PutOnABus: How Juliet feels when her parents leave her in hospitals for her health while they go on business trips.
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship
* [[PsychoLesbian Psycho]] SchoolgirlLesbians: They appear to be this in the movie, but Anne Perry insists it was "only" a really intense two-girl friendship. (Pauline doesn't talk to the press.) The actresses were instructed to play the girls as "devoted friends" who were just role-playing love scenes between their favorite characters.
* ScreamingBirth: Juliet enacts one as Empress Deborah giving birth to Prince Diello (a cushion). Pauline is on hand as Emperor Charles assisting the delivery.
--> '''Charles:''' Deborah... we have a son -- and heir.
--> '''Deborah:''' I shall call him -- ''[[AHeroIsBorn Diello]]!''
* ShoutOut: The photo of Orson Welles that floats away on the river is a homage to a scene from ''Film/TheThirdMan''; one of the photos in Pauline's room is the real Juliet Hulme.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' did an episode inspired by this story, with Lisa befriending a young girl named Juliet Hobbes. Together, the two girls invent the fantasy world of Equalia. Unlike Pauline, though, Lisa eventually decides she'd rather live in the real world.
** ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' also did [[RippedFromTheHeadlines an episode inspired by this]]; the two girls are ballerinas and the crazier one even has the PortmanteauCoupleName of Paulette.
* ShownTheirWork: The entire film was shot on location in Christchurch, NZ. They even filmed where the actual murder took place. According to IMDB, it became eerily quiet when they started shooting, so they moved up a few paces until things felt comfortable. That's the actual tea shop in the park; when filming was completed, the tea shop was torn down so that it wouldn't become a Graceland.
** Even the actual 1950's Christchurch Girls' High School was used, despite the school itself moving from the City Centre to Riccarton in 1986 and the building having become an art gallery. The building was later torn down after being damaged beyond repair in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.
* SiblingYinYang: While only peripherally involved in the story, short, stout, EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette Pauline has a tall, blond, glamorous-looking sister.
** In reality, ''Pauline'' was described as glamorous by classmates; a "proud beauty", "like a gypsy". Juliet was considered a [[BritishStuffiness snooty Brit]] with a "perpetual cold" who (they thought) [[PlayingSick exaggerated her symptoms]] for attention.
* SockItToThem: The movie ends with a murder committed with a brick in a nylon stocking.
* StandardFantasySetting: Borovnia.
* TeensAreMonsters: Pauline and Juliet are fourteen and fifteen at the beginning of the film, sixteen and seventeen by the end.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted, Pauline is taken to a child psychologist who concludes she's suffering from a mental disorder called "[[ValuesDissonance Homosexuality]]".
** The real Dr. Bennett was TheShrink, version 2, right down to testifying at length (somewhat incoherently) on the witness stand that the young women were completely bonkers.
* TitleDrop: During Pauline's poem.
* UnfortunateNames: Pauline ''[[GrimReaper Rieper]]'' [[spoiler: especially after what she does to her mother]].
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