Hungry Hearts DVD Review
“Hungry Hearts” is a flawed, but fascinating psychological thriller.
Based on a novel by Marco Franzoso, “Hungry Hearts” is an indie film about a married couple (Jude and Mina) who become torn apart by the birth of their child. Both of them want what is best for their child, but the increasingly unstable and overprotective Mina wants to raise her baby via a pure lifestyle free of meat and other vital nutrients he needs. As distrust grows between the couple, Jude and Mina essentially become enemies as they battle on how to raise their child.
Despite having a weird structure and a sluggish pacing, “Hungry Hearts” winds up becoming an engrossing psychological thriller/drama by the time the end credits roll around. The story of a loving couple being at odds with one another over how their child is raised is already interesting and relevant, but when you see that it plays out in a sort of horror film esque fashion, it becomes even more involving.
Of course, the film largely works due to actors Adam Driver (soon to be seen in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) and actress Alba Rohrwacher who really sell the characters and the story. From the charmingly awkward opening scene to the moment where Jude essentially has to kidnap his own child, you believe that these characters are connecting and eventually disconnecting from one another.
Presentation: 1.66:1. How does it look? Despite some odd cinematography, this is a fine transfer.
Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? There’s not a ton going on audio wise, but the track works regardless.
The only extras are various trailers and a “Hungry Hearts” trailer.
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