After her boyfriend leaves town, Justine, depressed and unfulfilled, picks up her neglected guitar which takes her on a journey that gets her heart beating for the first time in years.


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  • ★★★★ review by Simon de Vet on Letterboxd

    Light, but very charming.

  • ★★★★½ review by Nathan the Banana on Letterboxd

    Tanya Davis is my heart. This film doesn’t really have a plot, but it works all the better for it. Its characters (read: Tanya Davis) are beautiful and wonderful and endearing. I love it so goddamn much. Seriously, I’ve never felt so inclined to rewatch a movie two days after seeing it originally. This film is special.

  • ★★★★½ review by Nathan the Banana on Letterboxd

    Honestly, this was the most lovely and heartwarming film I’ve seen since Paper Heart. Tanya Davis carries it all the way, in the most beautiful way, and Andrea Dorfman’s style is both so unique and so fitting with Davis’s music and character. Tanya Davis is the kind of person I truly aspire to be if I ever could, and her mere existence in the world makes me smile and be happy. And watching it with the person who introduced me to Davis’s poetry and music made it all the better. 

     If you haven’t heard of Tanya Davis (which you haven’t, most likely), I highly recommend you to check her art out. How to Be Alone, Poetry, and Eulogy for You and Me are all great starting places.

  • ★★★★ review by Chris Campbell on Letterboxd

    Andrea Dorfman is a filmmaker who assembles groups of talented people and allows them to do their best work. With Heartbeat she builds the film around a central character played by Tanya Davis who is a singer/songwriter who is stuck. Beautifully shot by Stephanie Weber-Biron and capturing the look and spirit of the North End of Halifax it is filled with music and love from the first frame to the last.

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