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Hearts And Bones

DVD  |  Drama  |  03 Jun 2020


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A war photographer. A survivor. And a photograph that threatens to destroy them both.

War photographer, Daniel Fisher has returned home to the news of his partner's pregnancy. Determined not let fatherhood alter his way of life, he begins preparations for an upcoming exhibition and his next overseas assignment. However, as the birth of his child draws near he struggles to keep his rising anxiety hidden. Meanwhile, South Sudanese refugee, Sebastian Aman has created a safe life in Australia with his wife and child. His peaceful life is disturbed when Dan's exhibition threatens to display photographs of a massacre that occurred in Sebastian's home village, 15 years earlier. When Sebastian approaches Dan with an appeal to not display any images of the massacre, an unlikely friendship develops between the men. Bonded by their shared trauma, Sebastian introduces Dan to members of a community choir. These survivors of war offer Dan an escape from the anxieties of imminent fatherhood, much to the frustration of his wife. When Sebastian uncovers among Dan's photographic archive an image of his daughter, thought to have died in war, the men set about finding her. Amid the search for the young girl, Dan unearths disturbing details surrounding Sebastian's past and the startling revelations threaten to destroy both families. Amid the pain, each man must face their painful past in order to regain their salvation. Hearts and Bones - a story about hope and the mysterious bonds of family, friendship and fatherhood.



Review of Hearts and Bones Movie Review by Peter Walkden


A man named Dan Fisher (Hugo Weaving) is getting ready for a large exhibition featuring his photographic work. Daniel is a professional photographer who is best known for taking photos on the most dangerous battlefields and during the many wars around the world.

After Dan gets interviewed on the radio, a taxi driver named Sebastian (Andrew Luri) hears the interview and decides to try to find Dan and speak with him. The reason for this is that Sebastian is originally from South Sudan, where his family was murdered in a massacre. Dan was present taking photos when these tragic events occurred to Sebastian's family. The images that Dan took are scheduled to be part of the exhibition. Sebastian politely asks Dan if these photos can be removed from his upcoming presentation as he feels his family has suffered enough.

To my surprise, the plot of Hearts and Bones on paper sounds like a possible drama movie focused on the two men. But after watching this film, I was surprised to find it is nothing like what I initially assumed.

This film is about an unlikely friendship and a life-changing bond. While the two men have a different past and present, they have both struggled to confront some personal issues and move forward in life. For example, while Dan is dealing with his upcoming exhibition, he discovers his partner is pregnant, and he does not react too well when he hears the news (for reasons explained later in the film). Dan is also suffering from health challenges, and the list goes on.

As far as performances go, they are tremendous, particularly from the actor Hugo Weaving. I must also speak highly of actor Andrew Luri who plays Sebastian. The supporting cast was also fantastic and played critical aspects within the film's story. As a plot, this film got to me deeply. At times I had watery eyes or even found it hard to breathe, it is that impacting and dramatic. While the film is dramatic, I was also surprised that there were some moments of slight mystery which was also a nice touch. Hearts and Bones has been directed by Ben Lawrence who previously completed the documentary known as Ghost Hunter, back in 2018. But this is Ben's first time directing a drama film, and I must say it certainly feels fresh to see.

Overall, Heart and Bones is a tremendous film with incredible performances from all cast (particularly Hugo Weaving). As a plot, it is undoubtedly a touching story which impacted me greatly. Credit also goes out to director Ben Lawrence who tackled the drama genre with beautiful results and a freshness.

Peter has written this review for Sanity. You can see more from Peter here
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Title: Hearts And Bones

Format: DVD

Release Date: 03 Jun 2020

Actor(s): Hugo Weaving, Andrew Luri, Hayley McElhinney, Bolude Watson, Gassin Obeide Alameddine, Mohamed Lamine Bangoura, Ava Caryofyllis, Deng Deng, Dereb Desalegn, Alan Dukes, Tendai Dzwairo, Victoria Haralabidou, Michael Kotsohilis, Arrawai Masiang, Samira

Sku: 2466555

Catalogue No: MMA6470

Category: Drama

Disc Count: 1

Aspect Ratio: 16:9

OFLC Rating: M

Run Time: 110

Transfer Format: 16:9 Enhanced, Widescreen

Video Format: PAL

Primary Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1

Language: English, Dolby Digital 5.1

Region Code: 4

OFLC Advice: Mature Themes And Coarse Language, Sex Scene

Director(s): Ben Lawrence

Genre: Drama, Australian