Hål i mitt hjärta, Ett (A Hole In My Heart) (2004)
Critic Reviews for Hål i mitt hjärta, Ett (A Hole In My Heart)
The question is: do we need to be hauled through scene after scene of drab, dehumanized behavior so that we may see, or at least hear, humanity restored at the end?
Moodysson comes on like de Sade crossed with Godard, yet by locking us outside of his characters, he fails to make them even contemptuously compelling.
An experimental, transgressive work that pretty much fails on every level.
The film is yet another proof of Moodysson's fearlessness and his willingness to push forward and break through the boundaries of convention.
Will disgust many (probably most) viewers as it cements Moodysson's reputation as one of today's most daring filmmakers.
It's a mystery what the Swedish filmmaker Lukas Moodysson thought he was up to in A Hole in My Heart, a movie teeming with ugly images and grotesque behavior.
Audience Reviews for Hål i mitt hjärta, Ett (A Hole In My Heart)
Aside from the (female) friend that recommended the film to me, I can't think of a single person in my life that I could encourage to watch this. It felt way more profound than the typical experimental film... but is definitely not for the faint of heart or even the average "challenging cinema" crowd. It's about as unsettling as they come, but Moodysson (who's always humane) finds some way to ground even this in compassion.
Probably the most pointless and irritating watch since Gummo. The film has nothing to say, or anything entertaining to offer. We are assaulted by a stream of unconscious, disgusting visuals. The film is also mindlessly repetitive and just becomes like a scratched CD of some cheap erotica. Moodysson ventures into the world of the experimental, but instead, just insults everyone's intelligence. Art has to say something, and if it wants to depict the harshness of humanity, there should at least be some sort of emotional focus point. Without the emotion, it's just three people in a room, being disgusting.
Definitely not easy watching, and not for everyone. This movie is about four pretty screwed up people. A young girl who is so demented her main tragedy in life seems to be not getting onto Big Brother, gets involved with two low life guys, (one of whom you are meant to have sympathy for because it turns out he was molested as a child by his father), both pretty damn unlikable, who are making a porn movie. While this girl is getting degraded in all manner of ways, yet still either so self loathing or desperate for fame, (which it is not clearly spelt out here), that she keeps coming back for more and alternates between hating and loving her abusers, the emo teenage son of one of the guys has fallen in love with her. I could not honestly say I enjoyed this as it really is pretty horrible, but I could not turn it off either.
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