[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/heavenlycreatures_8108.jpg]][[caption-width-right:250:''Tis indeed a miracle, one must feel... That two such heavenly creatures are real.'']]

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

The story is {{narrat|or}}ed by [[TeensAreMonsters 14-year old]] Pauline Rieper (Creator/MelanieLynskey) through her RealLife diary entries from the time she meets [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Juliet]] [[IllGirl Hulme]] (Winslet) to when [[WorldBuilding 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.
----
!!Provides Examples Of:

* AcheyScars: Pauline has a huge one on her leg; Juliet's ''are on her lungs.''
* AntiEscapismAesop: An incredibly creepy example.
* BloodFromTheMouth: Happens to Juliet.
* 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.
* ChekhovsGun: The ring with a pink jewel in the middle that first shows up in an ImagineSpot is what the girls use to distract Honora so they can attack her.
* ChewingTheScenery: Kate Winslet goes into this area every now and again.
* CommonalityConnection: Juliet and Pauline bond over their shared history of being [[IllGirl Ill Girls.]] They are also both huge fans of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biggles Biggles]] adventure series.
* CompletelyOffTopicReport: The girls are assigned to write an essay on "The Role of the Royal Family Today". Juliet writes on the royal family of Borovnia, the fantasy realm she and Pauline created. Pauline comes to her defense by pointing out the assignment never specified which royals.
* 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!
* DatingWhatDaddyHates: A variation, but when Pauline's parents are SlutShaming her for sleeping with Jonathan (when she actually had only cuddled with him), she retaliates by sneaking over to his house and making it official, whilst imagining she's actually in Borovnia reuniting with Diello and the rest of the royal family, including Juliet.
* TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed: When the doctor tells Pauline's mother he has diagnosed Pauline with "homosexuality," he can barely get the word out.
* DoggedNiceGuy: John takes this to creepy levels when he climbs into Pauline's bed, then they have sex later, and then follows her train on a bike, screaming about how much he loves her.
* TheDreaded: Creator/OrsonWelles...for some reason.
** Possibly because he had put on numerous NightmareFuel [[Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds radio drama]] and stage plays, including a version of ''Dracula'' with script taken straight from the book, Orson had quite the reputation among young women in this time period. You either thought he was fascinating and sexy, or -- the most hideous man alive.
* 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.
* {{Gayngst}}: to the utmost extreme.
* HenpeckedHusband: Dr. Hulme.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Pauline thinks that Dr. Hulme is trying to help her and Juliet, when actually he's the one who is most actively working to keep them apart, while Pauline is convinced it's her mother.
* 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 ("Debórah") [[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. Other Imagine Spots have them visiting Borovnia, and they have a spiritual vision of the Fourth World (their version of heaven).
* 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.
* {{Irony}}: The girls concoct the scheme because they are desperate not to be separated. Only for them to be arrested immediately, sent to different prisons, and "it was a condition of their release that they never meet again".[[note]]This is a load of bunkum, originally concocted by Juliet / Anne Perry. According to Peter Graham's account of the Parker-Hulme murder, ''So Brilliantly Clever'', "It has often been said, not least by Juliet Hulme herself, that a condition of the girls’ release was that they were to have no further communication. This was not so. The ''Sydney Sun-Herald'' quoted [Secretary for Justice] Barnett as saying, "Miss Hulme’s release is unconditional. . . . Miss Parker’s release is subject to general control as to her residence, employment and the like". Asked if the girls had been given, or been asked to give, an understanding to keep apart or refrain from corresponding, the secretary for justice said they had not been released on such a condition."[[/note]] As far as anyone knows, they haven't.
* KubrickStare: Pauline is very, very good at these.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy [[LoveMakesYouEvil and Evil]]
* MadLove: It even has its own banner that explodes in blood!
* MadeOfPlasticine: The Borovnians. ''Literally''.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Juliet for Paul, at least initially.
* 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
* ParentalHypocrisy: When Mrs. Rieper chews out Paulette about sleeping with John and calls her a "cheap little tart", Paulette angrily retorts that she's no better.
* 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.]]
* ParentalNeglect: Juliet's parents left her alone in hospital for ''five years'' when she was first sick. Then in the film, when she's diagnosed with tuberculosis on her lungs, her parents simply leave her behind to go on holiday.
* ParentalObliviousness
* PutOnABus: How Juliet feels when her parents leave her in hospitals for her health while they go on business trips.
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship
* {{Psycho|Lesbian}} 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.
* ShutUpHannibal: Pauline does a great one to her mother:
--> '''Honora''': You're nothing but a cheap little tart!
-->'''Pauline''': Well I must take after you, then! ''(Honora slaps her)'' You ran off with Dad when you were only seventeen! Nana Parker told me!
** And Dad was ''still married'' at the time!
* SiblingYinYang: While only peripherally involved in the story, short, stout, EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette Pauline has a tall, blond, glamorous-looking sister.
* 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]]".
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Diello, the young prince of Borovnia, who kills pretty much everyone who isn't his parents.
* TitleDrop: During Pauline's poem.
* UnfortunateNames: Pauline ''[[TheGrimReaper Rieper]]'' [[spoiler: especially after what she does to her mother]].
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory:
** In RealLife, the girls' writing and "Fourth World" religion were in their trial as an InsanityDefense that was practically laughed out of court.
** 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.
** 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. It didn't fly, his testimony was ripped to shreds by the prosecution, and Pauline and Juliet were convicted.
** Pauline's classmates point out that the film makes Honorah ''much'' more sympathetic than she really was.
* BigFancyHouse: Ilam, home of the Hulmes.
* YuriGenre: One of the more disturbing examples, really.

----