Directed by Saverio Costanzo
The relationship of a couple who meet by chance in New York City is put to the test when they encounter a life or death circumstance.
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★★★★ review by metalmeatwad on Letterboxd
Pretty much a Woody Allen film laced with PCP w/ a side of Rosemary's Baby.
You will leave the theater disturbed.
Hungry Hearts has to be one of the absolute weirdest movies I've seen in my life. I think I'd have to classify this as a horror film? The pitch perfect eight minute-long uninterrupted take of an opening scene alone is sort of romantic indie comedy perfection. While the rest of this very well-shot and well-directed movie has a gigantic tonal change. As their relationship and marriage blossoms post-opening scene, it sorts of transitions to this slow building and terrifying psychotic baby starving thriller. Adam Driver really gets to work the acting chops in Hungry Hearts, and delivers a very nuanced and emotive performance. Fully deserving of his Best Actor prize at the Venice Film Festival.
You will gasp, cover your eyes, internally scream, and want to shake the living hell out of Rohrwacher's character (who is also fabulous and deserving of her Best Actress prize). The massive amount of walkouts this movie had (like 40%???) didn't surprise me at all.
Despite not being 100% on board with it all (it drags at times and takes some creative risks that didn't completely work), the film itself has stayed with me for months now. It has my highest recommendation. [B+]
★★★½ review by jennifer on Letterboxd
me when adam driver nut in her: oh no baby what is you doing
★★★★½ review by Waldo on Letterboxd
Driver and Rohrwacher both won acting awards on the Venice film festival. Deservedly so. Another great performance comes from veteran actress Roberta Maxwell. Great opening scene. Maybe it foreshadows the whole relationship. A young couple has a son, they're both vegetarians, only problem is the mother is taking things about natural medicine and the natural way to raise a child a little too far. Packs an emotional gut punch towards the end. Loved it.
★★★½ review by Keith Garrett on Letterboxd
Adam Driver, once again proving he's one of the best new actors out there.
★★★★ review by Gustaf Ottosson on Letterboxd
Nr 105 on All Films I Saw 2015 (Ranked)
Part of Stockholm Film Festival 2014
Hungry Hearts is built on many elements commonly used in mumblecore. It takes place in New York, the actors are less known and the camerawork is deliberately low budget (even though there are some gorgeous shots).
How much you can relate to this movie might depend on if you have kids or not. Everyone who does will remember the insecurity and constant worrying during the first year of the firstborn child. I have three kids, so the story about the couple who ends up in a desperate situation because of diametrically different views on how to take care of the infant really connected with me.
I don't think I've ever seen any of the actors before and they all do a damn good job accentuating the frustration, sadness and fury that Hungry Hearts puts forth. Well worth its place amongst the films screened at the Stockholm Film Festival 2014!
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