‘The Violent Heart’ Review: Secrets and Lies

‘The Violent Heart’ Review: Secrets and Lies

When the elusive melodrama “violent heart” begins, Daniel is a child who idolizes his older sister Wendy (Raven Simone Farrell). She is beautiful and gentle, a high school student with the whole world ahead of her. One night, Daniel sees Wendy climbing into a car he does not recognize. He follows her on his dirt bike, and he is the only one to be shot when Wendy is shot, whose face Daniel never sees.

Years later, Daniel (Jovan Adepo) is still dealing with the aftermath of this traumatic experience. He is 24 years old with a criminal record, yet has begun to retaliate. But then he meets Cassie (Grace Van Patten), a high school senior who is evading the discovery that her father (Lucas Haas) may have an affair. The newly rebel, Cassie is quick to reassure Danielle that she is 18 years old and able to make her own decisions, and she pursues a relationship with him. Together, the couple begin talking through their past, finding unexpected common ground.

Writer and director, Kerem Sanga has created a world for his characters where dirty relationships end. Secrets are kept, often with good reason. Sanga encourages his actors to reduce the anger and suspicion that linters beneath their dialogue, and he instead uses the film’s electronic score to create a melancholy mood.

The film cultivates an ambient understanding that is not all right. Some of these central relationships are inappropriate, even dangerous, but the subtlety of the filmmaking of the Union allows the big twist to come as a real surprise. This makes for a successful manipulation of the expectations of its audience, even if the overall effect is a film that feels a little different.

Violent heart
Not rated. Running Time: 1 hour 47 minutes. In theaters and available for rent or purchase Apple TV, FandangoNow And other streaming platforms and payment TV operators.



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