Hole In My Heart

aka ETT HAL I MITT HJARTA
Movie Review by Neils Hesse

Starring: Thorsten Flinck, Bjorn Almroth, Sanna Brading, Goran Marjanovic
Director: Lukas Moodysson

Rickard (Thorsten Flinck) is an amateur porn filmmaker working out of his flat with his good friend Geko (Goran Marjanovic) and wannabe porn star Tess (Sanna Brading) all under the wandering eye of his teenage son who keeps himself locked up in his room. The film explores the hopelessness of each of the characters and how it draws them to each other. Tess, Rickard and Geko spend a good portion of the film in the nude with a few sexual scenes varying from vibrator action to apparent two on one action although none of this is shown explicitly. The movie is open to several conclusions but in my opinion it is a look into the life of a group of people with some emotional problems and how they try to deal with them via various means. It also shows men at a very raw level as their emotions fluctuate from happiness to anger to sorrow and then eventually to helplessness.

Lukas Moodysson is a very daring director who always seems to choose difficult areas to make films about. His previous film LILYA 4-EVER concerned child prostitution and sexual slavery, not exactly the Wizard of Oz but nonetheless it had many merits to it and now once again he explores another controversial subject namely amateur pornography. One scene sticks in the mind as being particularly shocking and that is when one person vomits into the girl’s mouth.

The performances are all very real, in fact almost too real and as such it has a very documentary style and feel to it. It’s not a bad movie yet not necessarily a good one either, but A HOLE IN MY HEART is definitely an eye opener to the levels that humanity can sink to in moments of desperation.

2 out of 6 stars

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