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In Ben Lawrence's beautifully acted debut feature, a war photographer Hugo Weaving and a refugee Andrew Luri discover a photograph that threatens to destroy them both. Daniel Fisher Weaving returns home, and despite his partner's protests, prepares for his next dangerous overseas assignment. At the same time, he is preparing for an upcoming retrospective exhibition of his work from the world's war zones. South Sudanese refugee, Sebastian Aman Luri has built a life in Australia, living happily with his wife and young child. When he learns that Daniel's exhibition may display photographs of a massacre in Sebastian's village 15 years earlier, he finds Daniel and appeals to him to exclude those photographs. An unlikely friendship develops between the two men, but it is severely tested when Daniel makes a shocking discovery. Hearts and Bones centres around the relationship of these two men, from very different backgrounds, who bond over their shared trauma. Andrew Luri, who has never acted...
Hearts and Bones is a brand new Australian movie that was due for release in Cinemas last Thursday. I don't really like reviewing movies that are meant to be seen in the Cinema but with Cinemas shut due to COVID 19 there's no choice if you want to see this film. Its been made available for rental on Foxtel for the same charge as it would be if you saw it at a Cinema.
It's worth seeing for four reasons Hugo Weaving gives his usual wonderful performance cast as Dan Fisher a photographer obviously suffering deep trauma due to the horrors of his experiences in War Zones . Daniel Fisher is preparing an exhibition of his work from the world's war zones. When Sebastian Ahmed also an excellent performance played by Sudanese Australian Actor Andrew Luri (an amazing film debut) learns that this exhibition may display photographs of a massacre in his village, he finds Daniel and appeals to him to exclude those photographs.
The whole premise of the film is why Sebastian wants the photos excluded from Dan's exhibition? No spoilers from me .
The two women who play Dan's pregnant partner and Sebastian wife in the film are also impressive especially Bolude Watson as Arnishka Ahmed she deserves her win as 2019 Casting Guild of Australia Rising Star Award and her nomination as AACTA Best Supporting Actress. Hayley McElhinney as Dan's supportive partner who tries desperately to understand his trauma and manage a dangerous pregnancy is very impressive also
You've probably gathered I liked the performances more than the script and film itself. It's a very moving film and received standing ovations at film festivals like Toronto. I can't say what bothered or disturbed me concerning the outcome of the story because it would spoil the film for others and it's an Australian film that deserves to be seen.
We need to support our Film industry especially at this time and Hearts and Bones deserves to be seen.
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