Heart (1999)





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A mother's love turns deadly in the wake of an organ transplant in the thriller Heart. Gary Ellis (Christopher Eccleston) is a businessman, while his wife Tess (Kate Hardie) works in television. Gary and Tess don't get along very well, largely because he's convinced she's having an affair. One day, Gary has a major heart attack, and is soon confined to a wheelchair while doctors wait for a suitable donor for a heart transplant. Tess takes this opportunity to finally start having that affair Gary's been talking about, with a writer named Alex (Rhys Ifans). One day, Gary is rushed to the hospital after Sean (Matthew Rhys), a teenage aspiring boxer, is brought to the emergency room near death. Sean dies, and his heart is transplanted to Gary. After recovery, Gary is a new man, and Tess is so delighted she gives Alex his walking papers. But then Sean's mother Maria (Saskia Reeves) enters the picture; while at first Gary wanted to know what sort of person's heart was beating in his chest, now Maria is trying to work her way into the Ellis's lives, certain her son's hopes and dreams now live on in Gary's chest. Shot in 1997, Heart didn't receive a release in Europe until 1999, though it did play several film festivals the previous year. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Spartan Home Entertainment


Saskia Reeves
as Maria Ann McCardle
Kate Hardie
as Tess Ellis
Rhys Ifans
as Alex Madden
Anna Chancellor
as Nicola Farmer
Bill Paterson
as Kreitman
Matthew Rhys
as Sean McCardle
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The picture seems to advertise itself as a horror-thriller, but it's more of a psychodrama with only subtle hints of terror underlining the fabric of the film. The film is all about obsession and the pain that obsession can cause within us and upon others as we become so fixated on that one thing we desire, thus ignoring the life around us, destroying it in the process. The acting is superb from entire cast with scenes often being intense merely because of the emotional impact the actors make. The story itself isn't all that exciting as it deals with the age-old issue of infidelity and betrayal, but it most certainly presents the said story in a very unique and interesting way. Those expecting thrills will be sorely disappointed as the climax is the only point that delivers those goods, but others wanting to watch a seriously dark film about obsession will be satisfied. One of those films that certainly will create mixed results.

David Schwenker
David Schwenker

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