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The spiritual connection between the physical heart and the intangible human seat of conscience is explored in director Su Rynard's entry into the 2005 Venice Film Festival. As a child Hope (Mimi Kuzyk) underwent an experimental heart operation that would forever link her with the man who aided the risky procedure by offering to act as a human extra-corporeal circulatory system. Now a successful pathologist preparing a lecture that attempts to make a direct connection between the heart and the soul, Hope is suddenly transported back to her childhood and the events surrounding her operation when her heart momentarily stops beating. Spurned by her vivid memories to investigate the facts behind her life-saving operation as she prepares to present her controversial theories, Hope discovers that she shares an unexplainable bond with the man that not only saved her life, but also became her caregiver and father-figure (Peter Stebbings) during her extended convalescence.


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  • The script takes the film to the edge of banality, with Hope's ceaseless pondering.

    Oct 13, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Artist-turned-helmer Su Rynard gets the tough stuff (like the period backstory) right but then muffs easy business (like the contempo framing) in the time-jumping Kardia.

    Oct 13, 2006 | Full Review…

    Ken Eisner

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  • Austere, melancholic and not entirely satisfying, Su Rynard's film nevertheless is worth seeing for its heartfelt ambition to explain the human heart.

    Oct 13, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

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