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Scarred Hearts (2018)

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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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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.

November 21, 2017 | Full Review…

"Scarred Hearts" strikes a warmer note by resurrecting an unsung hero of its literary canon.

November 21, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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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.

November 21, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

January 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Despite the film's bleak premise, writer-director Radu Jude finds dark humor within the certainty of death.

July 18, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Using Belcher's poetic prose as commentary, the film manages to retain a solemn, sophisticated tone, while at the same time preserving its unique sense of humor.

December 29, 2017 | Full Review…

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