Gates of Heaven

DVD - 2005
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Gates of Heaven
When a pet cemetery in California is forced to close its gates, its dearly departed must be moved to a neighboring cemetery. This begins a strange journey involving eccentric cemetery operators and anguished animal lovers.

Published: [United States] : Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, c2005.
ISBN: 0792864697
Branch Call Number: DVD 636.0887 GAT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (1 hr., 23 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Jan 22, 2015
  • Nursebob rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

An early documentary by Errol Morris covering the founding of the “Bubbling Well Memorial Park and Cemetery for Animals” in Napa, California. Presented as a series of ongoing monologues in which grieving owners and dead animal entrepreneurs alike tell their stories to an unseen interviewer. The results are sometimes amusing, sometimes sobering, and sometimes downright baffling. Much of Morris’ signature style is evident here...the clever editing, the static camera that catches every subtle gesture, and an unobtrusive, non-judgmental approach that puts his subjects at ease and loosens their tongues. What the film lacks though is the focus that is so evident in his later films. There are several instances where people go off on tangents, like the two old dog owners having a catfight, or the grandmother grumbling about her ungrateful grandson and his sluttish ex-wife. Furthermore many of the talking heads are just plain boring and add very little to the film’s narrative. An interesting little oddity, but certainly not in the same league as “The Thin Blue Line” or “The Fog of War”.

Apr 12, 2014
  • akirakato rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This is a 1978 83-minute documentary about success and failure in the animal-cemetery business.
When financial hardship forces California's Foothill Pet Cemetery to close its pearly gates,
its dearly departed loved ones are relocated to the nearby Bubbling Well Pet Memorial Park.
During this tense transition, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris meets a collection of eccentric cemetery operators
and anguished animal lovers and elicits a meditation on love and lonliness that is strange yet appallingly funny.

Sep 25, 2010
  • c_anderson rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I've never seen a film like this - it's a documentary, and you couldn't write a story as strange and compelling as this one about a pet cemetery that goes broke and the animals are relocated.

Feb 17, 2010
  • SweeTee rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Very amateurish but interesting. You don't see much out there on this type of subject matter, so some information is better than none. I definitely learned a thing or two here.


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