A Hole in my Heart 2004

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A slimeball porn director is shooting a cheap hardcore movie in his shabby flat while his reclusive son hides in his bedroom. Drink flows, inhibitions crumble and the behaviour becomes depraved in this portrait of damaged souls trying to find comfort. Unflinchingly naturalistic, it's not for the squeamish!

Starring:
Björn Almroth, Sanna Bråding
Runtime:
1 hour 33 minutes

A Hole in my Heart

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Genres Drama, International
Director Lukas Moodysson
Starring Björn Almroth, Sanna Bråding
Supporting actors Thorsten Flinck, Goran Marjanovic
Studio Metrodome
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. D. K. Miller on 18 Nov 2008
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ken on 21 Jun 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By groundmole on 23 Mar 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cartoon on 16 July 2012
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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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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Leslie on 31 Mar 2006
Format: DVD
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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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By JW on 6 Jan 2006
Format: DVD
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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