Hearts Beat Loud [EN] | EIFF 2018

FSK noch unbekannt OT: Hearts Beat Loud (USA 2018)
Länge: 97 minutes
Genre: Drama
Regie: Brett Haley
Drehbuch: Brett Haley, Marc Basch
Darsteller: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Toni Collette, Blythe Danner

In the hip Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, single dad and record store owner Frank (Nick Offerman) is preparing to send his hard-working daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) off to college, while being forced to close his vintage shop. Hoping to stay connected through their shared musical passions, Frank urges Sam to turn their weekly „jam sesh“ into a father-daughter live act. After their first song becomes an Internet breakout, the two embark on a journey of love, growing up and musical discovery. 

» Hier geht es zur deutschsprachigen Kritik

Review

When a movie like HEARTS BEAT LOUD deals with all the things that unite us, then this film comes at just the right time.

Maybe I’m a bit biased, after all, because I love music-driven films. A single song can often say more than a thousand words. For that reason, I was curious to see HEARTS BEAT LOUD from director Brett Haley. After the film had caused so many positive reactions at the Sundance Film Festival, I was finally able to see it myself at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this June. But despite my high expectations, I left the cinema in such a good mood, that I felt completely happy. So far I only knew this approach to a music-driven film from one director: John Carney, who brought us films like ONCE, BEGIN AGAIN or SING STREET.

That Brett Haley was inspired by these films, as he told me in an interview, is no wonder. Nevertheless, HEARTS BEAT LOUD is not just a copy of these films, because Haley left his own marks on it.

A lucky shot for the film are certainly its two main actors Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons, who are more than convincing in their roles. You almost get the impression, that they are playing themselves, so much do they seem to identify with their roles.

As a big studio production, this film would certainly have looked very different. But without a cheesy happy ending, the film looks authentic and believable. Nevertheless, one leaves the cinema with an incredibly good feeling, as I said earlier on. HEARTS BEAT LOUD has so much more to offer than just good songs. For example, the fact that the character of Kiersey Clemons is in a non-traditional relationship, but the film does not address it at all – in any major production that would have been a major plotpoint.

With every second of the film you realize, what a fundamental understanding music the director has. And unlike other films of the genre, we are also allowed to hear the songs here in full length and not just bits and pieces.

HEARTS BEAT LOUD is an incredibly honest film, that wears it’s heart in the right place – and that we need more than anything at a time when we are increasingly focusing on what divides us. 

Interview

At the Edinburgh International Film Festival I had the chance to sit down with writer and director Brett Haley to talk about his film HEARTS BEAT LOUD

Trailer

Comments Closed

Kommentare sind geschlossen.

Filmplakat

Weitere Beiträge in dieser Kategorie

The Drummer and the Keeper [EN] | FFEN 2018

Gabriel (Dermot Murphy) is a talented drummer. But just before the breakthrough, the band threatens with his ejection – the guys are fed up with his extreme mood swings, which he urgently needs to get a grip on. His doctor diagnoses a bipolar disorder and advises him to a therapeutic football training. On the field, Weiterlesen

Dead In a Week (Or Your Money Back) [EN]

After several failed suicide attempts, 27-year-old William Morrison (Aneurin Barnard) decides to outsource the task to Leslie O’Neill (Tom Wilkinson), a contract killer on the brink of retirement. But with the contract signed and death assured within a week (or his money back), William finally discovers a reason to live in Ellie Adams (Freya Mavor). Weiterlesen

Romans [EN] | EIFF 2017

Thirty-something Malky works as a labourer demolishing the church where he was abused as a twelve-year-old, engaging in an emotionally distant sexual relationship with Emma and indulging in bouts of casual violence. The effects of his childhood abuse remain deeply embedded, and when the priest responsible returns to town Malky is forced to confront his Weiterlesen

Edie [EN]

After the death of her control obsessive husband, whom she cared for until his end, her daughter (Wendy Morgan) would like to put 84 years old Edie (Sheila Hancock) into a retirement home. But she does not even think about it. Rather, she decides to fulfill a life-long dream and to climb the Suilven, an Weiterlesen