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Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 27 July 2018 (USA)
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Emanuel spends his days at a sanatorium. Falling in love with another patient, he narrates his and his fellow patients' attempts to live life to the fullest as their bodies slowly fade away, but their minds refuse to give up.

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Radu Jude

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M. Blecher (novel) (as Max Blecher), Radu Jude (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Serban Pavlu ... Dr. Ceafalan
Gabriel Spahiu ... Zed
Sofia Nicolaescu ... Child in the train
Dana Marineci ... The healed young woman
Ivana Mladenovic ... Solange
Sarra Tsorakidis Sarra Tsorakidis ... Nurse Eva
Dana Voicu Dana Voicu ... Mrs. Bella B.
Alexandru Bogdan Alexandru Bogdan ... Pacient
Cosmin Sofron Cosmin Sofron ... Victor's father
Alexandru Dabija Alexandru Dabija ... Mr. Lazar B.
Bogdan Cotlet Bogdan Cotlet ... Victor
Catalin Anchidin Catalin Anchidin ... Traveller in the train
Marius Damian Marius Damian ... Nelu
Anca Hanu Anca Hanu ... Foot passenger in the railway station
Adina Cristescu Adina Cristescu ... Nurse
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"Scarred Hearts" is inspired by Romanian author Max Blecher's novel, which is set in 1937. It centers on Emanuel, a man in his early 20s, who spends his days at a sanatorium on the Black Sea coast, suffering from bone tuberculosis. Falling in love with another patient, he narrates his and his fellow patients' attempts to live life to the full as their bodies slowly wither but their minds refuse to give in. Blecher wrote the text, hailed as a masterpiece on publication in Romania in 1939, as autobiographical notes before he died, after 10 years of suffering, at the age of 29. Written by Variety

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A free adaptation of the literary works of M. Blecher

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Romania | Germany | Belgium | France

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Romanian | German

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27 July 2018 (USA) See more »

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Scarred Hearts See more »

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Black Sea, Romania See more »

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Insular but Satisfying
15 August 2017 | by bkrauser-81-311064See all my reviews

Scarred Hearts is based on a novel of the same name written by acclaimed Romanian writer Max Blecher. The book and film are largely biographical; between 1935 and his tragically death in 1938 at the age of 28 Blecher spent his days in and out of several hospitals due to spinal tuberculosis. Despite this, Emanuel (Rus), Blecher's analog, is determined to live his life to the fullest, escaping into books, periodicals and bawdy conversations between the patients and nurses that occupy his sea side hospital. While all this is going on Emanuel falls for the enigmatic Solange (Mladenovic), whose becomes a fixture at the hospital, despite not being a nurse or patient.

This is the basic premise of the story, and anyone going in with little knowledge of Romanian New Wave cinema may walk in assuming Scarred Hearts is going to be a My Left Foot () type cinematic exercise. The kind of exercise that nowadays feels like a vanity project for Oscar hopefuls crossing their fingers and hoping this might be their year.

Yet Scarred Hearts isn't really that kind of movie. The story is almost entirely from the perspective of Emanuel but so much of the film is shot with an almost clinical distance. Only twice are we given a close-up of our protagonist's face and both times they are in times of emotional or physical distress. Otherwise the camera sets itself in the corner of a room and waits for the denizens of the hospital to populate the screen and walk across our stagnant panorama.

It's an interesting choice, and it doesn't really work given most of the characters are bedridden or somewhere close to it. There are times when placement of the camera almost feels uncomfortably voyeuristic. What this kind of distance does do is it allows the ensemble to truly interact with each other in meaningful ways. Emanuel goes through his own existential crisis but if you're not really into where the script is taking you, there are many smaller stories hidden within the frames besides one's struggle for meaning.

It's Altman-esque only with an unmistakably Eastern European flavor. As the film and its characters fill their respective groves, politics is then suddenly inserted into the text just to see what happens (this is the 1930's after all). Suddenly the people you have been following around and caring about prove at the very least naïve at the prospect of world war. Emanuel seems especially naïve, being unable to feel the subtle shift in the room once he's outted as a Jewish Romanian. It's noteworthy to mention that Blecher never saw the full brutality of Nazism in his lifetime. Likewise the film never treads that path - nor should it given the insular nature of the hospital.

It's that insularity that ultimately allows Emanuel and Solange's relationship to take shape. Shot with surprising color and vibrancy, Scarred Hearts provides a unique perspective of permanent hospitalization and terminal illness. One in which the pain and suffering ascribed to the situation coexists with the beauty of the human spirit.


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