Starring Adam Driver, Alba Rohrwacher, Roberta Maxwell, & Jake Weber, Hungry Hearts was directed by Saverio Costanzo based on Marco Franzoso’s novel Il Bambino Indaco.
Premise: The relationship of a couple who meet by chance in New York City is put to the test when they encounter a life or death circumstance.
Review: The opening scene is funny and mortifying at the same time, giving a false sense of a under budgeted romantic comedy to the film, but then it gets darker. The awkwardly sweet duo become one, they fall in love and hit off. Step by step, things get serious and these lovebirds turn into an unnerving couple as the movie gets psychological and somber.
Originally – in the book – in Italy, the story was transposed to New York City because the Italian director thought that it belonged in there. I don’t know if I agree completely but given what is depicted in the film I understand this choice.
Saverio Costanzo used tight shots and close ups to bring the intimacy needed for the story. As the story develops each scene gets a shade darker and the intimacy of the shots seem to illustrate Jude (Driver) and Mina (Rohrwacher)’s state of minds. It’s subtle and masterfully crafted to bring you a place where you never thought you’d go. The chips fall into place and you realize what you’re in for, Mina and Jude start to make sense and a chill crawls up your spine. The slight sense of dread takes over just enough to keep captivated, but not fully engaged to make you too uncomfortable and wary. If it was done any other way it would have probably been too hard to watch, instead, like a car crash you find yourself watching these people on their way down the rabbit hole.
Hungry Hearts is weird and tense, if you had a chance to see it let me know what you think?