Scarred Hearts (2016)
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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.
"Scarred Hearts" strikes a warmer note by resurrecting an unsung hero of its literary canon.
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.
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.
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.
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