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Hungry Hearts

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Italy · 2015
1h 49m
Director Saverio Costanzo
Starring Adam Driver, Alba Rohrwacher, Roberta Maxwell, Brandon Reiss
Genre Drama

New York City newlyweds Jude and Mina have a seemingly perfect relationship. But things take an unsettling turn with the birth of their son. Convinced that the baby must be kept free of all contaminants, Mina develops a fanatical obsession with veganism that may kill the child unless Jude can stop her.

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New York Daily News by

As the couple’s life becomes more and more insular, Costanzio subtly builds the drama into suspense that’s utterly natural and smart.


The Hollywood Reporter by Deborah Young

The idea is original enough to pique curiosity, and the small cast, led by Alba Rohrwacher and the up-and-coming Adam Driver of HBO’s Girls fame, digs gamely into the material, but something is missing.


Variety by Jay Weissberg

It’s as if the director can’t decide what he wants: to chronicle the disintegration of a family, or to take a magnifying glass to a woman whose mania overwhelms all rational thought.


CineVue by John Bleasdale

Although there is certainly tension at moments and Driver once more proves himself an actor of great promise, Hungry Hearts falls between two baby chairs - neither satisfying as a thriller nor convincing as a drama.


New York Post by Kyle Smith

Beginning as an adorable romcom, Hungry Hearts morphs into a disturbing but not particularly illuminating story of mental illness.


The Playlist by Nikola Grozdanovic

With a unique blend of style and content, an escalating discomfort in atmosphere, a score that sounds like it was spawned from the nether regions of hell, and three ferocious performances, Hungry Hearts is this year’s most unique horror film.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

It is a tense, claustrophobic nightmare, played with sincerity and force, particularly by Adam Driver. But a strident orchestral score keeps intruding, dark chords telling us how scared we ought to be, and it is as if Costanzo is not content with an ultra-real relationship drama, and wants his film to be some kind of heavy-handed horror-thriller too.

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