Crimes of the Heart Reviews
Crimes of the Heart had an interesting, though not overly original,
start. Three sisters are reunited in their home town due to one of them
being accused of shooting her husband. A fairly conventional plot
device - an event brings an estranged family together, skeletons are
revealed, wounds reopened, yadda yadda yadda, they reconcile.
However, here there is nothing intriguing at all about their
relationship. There's no axes to grind, no skeletons in the closet,
nothing to reconcile.
So instead of human drama, we just have a rambling, pointless story.
Lack of a intriguing plot needn't be the end of it, the movie could be
character-driven. Sadly, Crimes of the Heart fails in that regard too.
One of the sisters (played by Jessica Lange) is selfish and unthinking,
one (Sissy Spacek) is, well, nuts, and the other (Diane Keaton) is
plain dull (and her saying "babe" all the time starts to grind very
So there is very little engagement with the characters.
Director Bruce Beresford tries to replace plot and character depth with
quirkiness, but this just makes the movie irritating.
A decent cast undermined by a dull plot and listless direction.
The cast is great here and the film, overall, is a darkly funny and bittersweet experience.