Saturday, June 20, 2015

MINI-REVIEW: Hungry Hearts

Hungry Hearts

Adam Driver, Alba Rohrwacher


June 5, 2015 (LIMITED/VOD)

Saverio Costanzo

Sundance Selects

1 hour 52 minutes



Parenting seems to be a tough job, now doesn't it?  Of course I'm not speaking from experience, more so from observation.  TV shows and films have shown the struggle, whether it's comedic, dramatic, or horrific, of either becoming pregnant, raising a child, or both.  Saverio Costanzo's "Hungry Hearts" examines the relationship of two people who, after a chance encounter in a restaurant bathroom, begin a life together.  They start dating, they get physically intimate, and they end up getting married after the two conceive a child together.  What makes this movie stand out from other films about raising a child is that this plays more as a psychological thriller than any comedy or drama to have come out within the past several years.

Without spoiling anything, there are things that each parent does to show the love they have towards their child and his growth into a healthy human being.  Each parent sees the other's way of doing things as unhealthy and evil, and both try to stop one another in what they're doing to raise the child.  Adam Driver's character Jude even has his mother come into their life to try to straighten things out.  From there, we get an intense though sometimes zany psychological thriller that delivers on great acting, an eerie atmosphere, and some well directed storytelling.  "Hungry Hearts" isn't the best movie of 2015, but it's definitely one of the more unique films I've seen this year.  If you want to see a darker look at parents trying to raise a child in the ways that they deem "proper," then definitely check this film out if it ever comes your way.

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