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A Hole In My Heart [DVD]

Thorsten Flinck , Björn Almroth , Lukas Moodysson    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Thorsten Flinck, Björn Almroth, Sanna Bråding, Goran Marjanovic
  • Directors: Lukas Moodysson
  • Writers: Lukas Moodysson
  • Producers: Anna Knochenhauer, Gunnar Carlsson, Lars Jönsson, Peter Aalbæk Jensen, Tomas Eskilsson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Metrodome
  • DVD Release Date: 16 May 2005
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007URSSU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,113 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Harrowing and controversial drama from Swedish director Lukas Moodysson. Eric (Bjorn Almroth) and his father Rickard (Thorsten Flinck) live in a run-down apartment in a seedy Stockholm neighbourhood. Eric is shy and withdrawn, but becomes increasingly involved in his father's business of amateur pornography. With his friend Geko (Goran Marjanovic), Rickard is shooting a home-made pornographic film with actress Tess (Sanna Brading). As the shoot continues, the participants become less inhibited and more violent, until the apathetic Eric is forced to intervene.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Swedish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Featurette, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Rickard and his shy son Eric spend most of his days holed up in his room listening to industrial music, presumably in an attempt to drown out what's going on in the rest of the apartment. His father, an amateur porrnnographer, is shooting his latest opus with a friend, Geko, and a young woman named Tess. As the trio gets drunk and more impressed with themselves they lose what few inhibitions they had and their behaviour grows more and more disturbing. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: European Film Awards, ...A Hole in My Heart ( Ett Hål i mitt hjärta ) ( Et Hul i mit hjerte )

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not one to watch with your parents! 18 Nov 2008
By the time Moodysson made this movie in 2004 he had already achieved a huge degree of commercial success with "Together" (5*) and "Lilya 4-Ever" (5*). One of the privileges of "making it" is that it allowed him the freedom to do whatever he wanted afterwards. Any project he chose to do next would receive not only all the funding it needed but also a wide audience of people who had enjoyed any of his earlier masterpieces. Fans of his earlier films, including even the brutally hard-hitting Lilya 4-Ever were in for a real shock!

The entire cast consists of four characters and the story (if you can call it that) takes place almost entirely within the confines of a small flat that they share in a Stockholm suburb. Richard and his son Eric do not get on, and the latter spends all his time in his room listening to thrash metal on his headphones with the blinds closed, while his dad and his friend make porn videos starring themselves and a pretty young woman who believes that this kind of work will one day lead to better things.

The haphazard editing which includes some extremely unpleasant random close-ups of human bodies under surgical operation and several interludes of random gore (for no reason that is related to the main story) creates an unsettling feeling of carnage and chaos throughout . As the film goes on the movies the characters make get more and more extreme and it soon becomes clear that Richard has no intention of sending them off to anyone or even watching them. He is just doing it for kicks. Meanwhile, the only character we sympathize with, Eric, continues to stew in his room hating what is going on outside.

None of the characters appear to have a life outside this sordid little flat.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing follow up to Lilya 4 Ever 31 Mar 2006
For those, who, like me, were greatly impressed with Lilya 4 Ever, and were expecting an equally great follow up, then prepare for disappointment. I admire Moodyson for not taking the easy option, but my problem with this film is it becomes a symptom of the emptiness and vacuousness it portrays.
Moodyson's characters portray desperation brilliantly, however in Lilya 4 Ever the narrative was strong as was the tension as we followed Lilya's constant misfortune culminating in her imprisonment at the hands of child trafficers. In A Hole In My Heart, narrative is dispensed with, and an improvised tableau occurs in the cramped setting of a tiny flat. It's certainly a bleak depiction of 3 characters engaged in the making of a pornographic film, as the fourth character, the teenage son Erik becomes the moral conscience, his humanity acting as moral opposition to the immorality of the other three, whose behaviour threatens to dissolve into murderous anarchy. The claustrophobia is emphasised by the frequent close up shots of the protagonists, and the fast cutting which occurs throughout the film. It's difficult to follow or get engaged with a character as the camera pans quickly around the room from one person to the other. It's not pretty camerawork and is even more excessive than the Dogme style pioneered by Lars Von Trier. All this contributes to the alienation of the characters from the audience, and this distance certainly arouses disgust at the characters antics. Of course, this is the point of the film, as Moodyson chooses to attack the exploitation of pornography and reality tv. It's rather tragic when Tess, in a quiet moment, breaks down and confesses she's been turned down by the Big Brother television show.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me ! 23 Mar 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Perhaps a difficult subject to form the basis of an interesting film.
It seemed so improbable, that there seemed to be too much of a challenge to convert the storyline into an interesting film.
Might appeal to a half-drunk male audience if they can avoid sleeping whilst watching.
Terrible !
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3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as it thinks it is 16 July 2012
By cartoon
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An interesting idea about shooting home made porn and being trapped and the shallow sordid lives and cut to toys having sex and violence and gore and then more gratuitous sex and then some more unpleasant ..... on and on and on this film went .... cant really remember what happened in the end ..... it all became zzzzzz ;;;;;; would have worked as a 15 minute short film .
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1.0 out of 5 stars A pointless film 21 Jun 2012
By ken
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Films are supposed to be entertaining this one is far from it.How anyone could find anything good to say about it is beyond me.Perhaps because it is so different you feel there must be something of note that could be interesting, I failed to find it! The story (?) is grim to the point of being funny, it was awful.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film, hugely original and inventive. 6 Jan 2006
This is certainly a very different type of film to the usual hollywood, mass-media nonsense. I think this is a deliberate ploy by the independent-minded genius that is Moodysson. I took this film to be a vehicle for venting his rage at all the (aforementioned) rubbish spewed out in the name of consumerism. Perhaps it's because i sympathise with his sensibilities there, that i loved the film, but perhaps there's more to it.
It's expertly shot, visually very exciting, with fascinating use of different media, and has some magnificently portrayed characters - the porn "director's" adolescent son, for example, is a massively empathetic character who it's very easy to identify with, i would have thought.
To summarise - the film is trying to make a point, and does so through the 'choppy' and direct style (we are the MTV generation, after all) as much as the content and irony deployed. Great film, pushing the boundaries, but not one for your gran. Give it a try if feeling adventurous, or just if you're not closed-minded and very set in your ways.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Most people will find this repelling and unwatchable...
This was the last disc in my Lukas Moodysson 4 DVD boxset and I already sensed that it was the weaker one of the four. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Tim Kidner
3.0 out of 5 stars 4 Stars for the first hour, 2 stars for the last half an hour.
I watched this film in 2 parts the first hour late at night then the last half an hour the next morning. Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2009 by Dazman
1.0 out of 5 stars one of the worst movies ever
Four people in a flat behaving badly,thats it!Must have cost nothing to make and it shows.Words like dire,awful,boring,can not describe how bad this is.
Published on 3 April 2009 by old dude
3.0 out of 5 stars Movie that you don't want to watch but do it anyway.
Not nearly as good as Lylia 4 Ever. It's a disgusting movie that one wants to watch. After you watch it you want to forget it but you can't do that easily. Read more
Published on 10 July 2006 by Ayez
4.0 out of 5 stars I respecfully disagree
It is true that this movie is difficult to watch. Not to say that is boring. However, if watched with empathy and the right sensibilities it is very rewarding. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2005 by Mr. J. E. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Where it stops and where it begins
I've seen all of Lucas Moodysson's films and in my opinion this is in no way his best. But it's certainly not his worst either. Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2005 by Mr. S. J. Robson
1.0 out of 5 stars S I C K
When you consider that the director of this movie has produced ( in my opinion ) two of the greatest movies, it came as a shock to watch this sick movie. Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2005
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