The Heart Machine

2014

The Heart Machine (2014)

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Tracking two parallel journeys that show how digital media complicates modern love, THE HEART MACHINE explores the evolving relationship between physical and emotional intimacy, isolation in the urban hive, and the seduction of hiding behind a screen. This modern mystery tells the story of Cody (John Gallagher Jr. - HBO's The Newsroom, SHORT TERM 12) and Virginia (Kate Lyn Sheil - Netflix House of Cards, YOU'RE NEXT), who fall in love online, despite the distance between them. Through an interrelated series of events, Cody suspects that Virginia might not actually live in Berlin and may even live in the same city as he does, and seeks to find the truth. THE HEART MACHINE questions love and intimacy in the digital age, and whether you can really trust whom you meet on the internet. (C) FilmBuff

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Cast

Sam Quartin
as Virginia's Dopplegänger
Lewis Jordan
as Bartender
Gabe King
as Man in Line
Ray Tintori
as Crazy Shirt Craiglist Guy
Jenny Donheiser
as Caitlyn's Friend in Line
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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7)

A thoughtful, emotionally tricky debut benefitting from two strong lead performances.

Oct 28, 2014 | Full Review…

Both Gallagher and Sheil are fully capable of keeping us invested in their characters, no matter how flawed they might be.

Oct 24, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A movie that's neither ostentatious nor superficial.

Oct 24, 2014 | Full Review…
NPR
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"The Heart Machine" neatly expresses anxieties about love in an age when technology has reshaped mating habits and urban existence.

Oct 23, 2014 | Full Review…

The Heart Machine rides on the low-key beauty and charm of its stars, and their easy rapport. They are believable and engaging, even as the narrative itself loses steam.

Oct 23, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…
AV Club
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Its concerns are deeper, and more richly psychological, than merely trendy probings of the zeitgeist.

Jun 17, 2014 | Full Review…

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