by BOSTON INDEPENDENT FILM REVIEW Associate Writer MICHAEL W ROBERTS
Bleeding Hearts is a black comedy directed by Germano Silveira and Logan O’Brien. It is a seven minute film that was produced for Boston’s annual 48 Film Festival, in which contestants have two days to produce a seven minute film from the ground up. This film, Bleeding Hearts, is a voyeuristic look into the lives of “Babe” and “Honey”, played by Lynn Julian and Alex Pires, respectively. This couple has the peculiar and gruesome hobby of torture and murder. The debauchery isn’t really played out on screen, which is for the better. Any kind of visceral violence would not match with Bleeding Hearts‘ humor, which is similar to contemporary sitcoms like The Office and Modern Family. In the film, the crux of the couple’s interaction revolves around political correctness concerning homosexuality–and like the aforementioned sitcoms, there is plenty of awkwardness and bickering between the two leads.
However, it’s a little difficult to make sense of the larger context and the characters’ motives–“why are these victims here?” “What is the ‘greater good’?” But then again, there’s only so much a director or writer can do with seven minutes. The film’s best scene is its ingenious closing scene, which is suggestive, provocative, and sort of ironic. And the film does have a complete arc; there are conflicts and resolutions and from a broader prospective, there is a sense of cohesion between all of the story components. It doesn’t feel slapped together in hurry. (Though it most definitely was, given the restraints of the film festival).
The camera work is plain but effective, and, once again, is reminiscent of camera work from contemporary sitcoms–handheld and documentary-like. The acting is solid, especially from the two leads, and the script is funny, albeit a little confusing. In short, just watch the movie. It’s only seven minutes long. Why not watch it? It probably took you longer to read this hack review. You could have seen it and formed your own opinion of it by now.