Stealing Heaven

  • 1988
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Historical, Romance

Adapted by Chris Bryant from Marion Meade's historical novel of the same name, STEALING HEAVEN retells the true story of the ill-fated romance between the French religious philosopher Abelard (Derek de Lint) and Heloise (Kim Thomson), niece of a church canon, in 12th-century Paris. The finest teacher at the cathedral school of Notre Dame, Abelard is a lover...read more

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Adapted by Chris Bryant from Marion Meade's historical novel of the same name, STEALING HEAVEN retells the true story of the ill-fated romance between the French religious philosopher Abelard (Derek de Lint) and Heloise (Kim Thomson), niece of a church canon, in 12th-century Paris. The

finest teacher at the cathedral school of Notre Dame, Abelard is a lover of earthly delights, but his vocation requires him to practice celibacy. To protect him from the influence of his lusty students, the bishop of Paris (Bernard Hepton) orders Abelard to move into the home of the canon, Fulbert

(Denholm Elliott), and it is only a matter of time before the philosopher and the bright, independent Heloise are involved in a passionate affair that enrages Fulbert. Told from Heloise's point of view, STEALING HEAVEN unfolds with the pulpy fervor of a classic bodice-ripping romance, but it's an

uncommonly well-crafted one. Veteran director Clive Donner displays a sure hand with Bryant's complex script, making evocative use of Yugoslavian locations and a first-rate cast. De Lint (THE ASSAULT) is charismatic and compelling in his portrayal Abelard's interior struggle between the spirit and

the flesh, and Thomson is equally effective as the provocative Heloise.

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  • Released: 1988
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Adapted by Chris Bryant from Marion Meade's historical novel of the same name, STEALING HEAVEN retells the true story of the ill-fated romance between the French religious philosopher Abelard (Derek de Lint) and Heloise (Kim Thomson), niece of a church can… (more)

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