Scarred Hearts

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"Scarred Hearts" is inspired by Romanian author Max Blecher's novel, which is set in 1937. It centers on Emanuel, a man in his early 20s, who spends his days at a sanatorium on the Black Sea coast, suffering from bone tuberculosis. Falling in love with another patient, he narrates his and his fellow patients' attempts to live life to the full as their bodies slowly wither but their minds refuse to give in. Blecher wrote the text, hailed as a masterpiece on publication in Romania in 1939, as autobiographical notes before he died, after 10 years of suffering, at the age of 29.

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  • It's the rare page-to-screen adaptation in which the camera becomes an essential character.

    Jul 26, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Hearts hardly develops a pulse, hiding the faces of the protagonists in immobile medium and wide shots while any possible emotions get snowed under by non-contextualized intellectual musings and socio-politico-historical details.

    Nov 21, 2017 | Full Review…
  • "Scarred Hearts" strikes a warmer note by resurrecting an unsung hero of its literary canon.

    Nov 21, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

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  • The former's narrative drive was strong enough to minimize concerns over possible information gaps, the latter's unannotated immersion coupled with its episodic structure suggests the film won't have the same pull.

    Nov 21, 2017 | Full Review…

    Jay Weissberg

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  • The medical regimen provides a background for the slow-motion whirl of young intellectuals, politicians, and socialites who turn the hospital into a microcosm of European diseases of the soul.

    Jan 16, 2017 | Full Review…
  • At two and a quarter hours, Scarred Hearts recalls the miserable overlong 2005 Romanian film The Death of Mr. Lazarescu.

    Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review…

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