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Introduction When reading about Peter Jacksons Heavenly Creatures I could not help but begin comparing the films two main characters to the typical outlaw couple in particular the couple we see in Terence Malicks Badlands The more I thought about it the more I began to realize that the two films can be equated to each other in many respects At the very least they both ultimately belong to crime film genre Both films are also adaptations of real events though both have been subjected to the directors artistic license Malicks Badlands in particular as he goes as far to change some facts including the fate of the movies protagonists in real life Holly was not put on probation but sentenced to jail also her name was not Holly I see Pauline and Juliet in Heavenly Creatures as much an outlaw couple as Badlands Holly and Kit Therefore what I shall be trying to prove in this essay is how alike to two couples are First and foremost however I feel it is important to give a short overview of what each film is about Heavenly Creatures Heavenly Creatures is a story of the friendship between two teenage girls Pauline Parker an outcast at her all-girls school in Christchurch New Zealand and Juliet Hulme a new student at the school The girls are brought together by their mutual inability to join in Physical Education classes due to illness and their love for Mario Lanza Their friendship has remarkable intensity intoxicating the girls who rush everywhere with squeals and giggles giddy with delight at the private world they have created together in their imaginations The friendship takes a knock when Juliet contracts tuberculosis and in quarantined thus separated from Pauline The friends begin to write each other long detailed letters in the personas of two of the characters of their imaginary world Borovnia Though Juliet is released from
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