This is the fourth film by Director Lukas Moodysson, one of the most intelligent Swedish filmmakers and whose previous three films, Show Me Love, Together and Lilya 4-Ever received great acclamation for the sensitive subjects that the films explored. Although, ‘A Hole In My Heart’ is yet another experimental film that delves deep into the human psychology, the film does not meet the mark that his former three films had created. For some, it might be too grotesque to watch.
The story unwinds in a sleazy three-room Swedish apartment with four characters who are emotionally and mentally harrowed by the way life has been for them and how they in their own perspective deal with the situations that arise. The script focuses on Rickard (Thorsten Flinck), an amateur porn filmmaker who uses his own apartment to shoot his porn flick along with his friend Geko (Karl Strandlind) and Tess (Sanna Brading), who after having failed to make it to the reality show “Big Brother”, decides to become a porn star.
Eric (Bjorn Almroth), Rickard’s son, is a shy and timid teenager, who frustrated with his father’s behaviour and missing his dead mother, confines himself to his bedroom with headphones plugged on to his ears listening to abrasive music in order to drown out the atrocities that are carried out on the other side of the wall. He loathes his father’s behaviour and although Rickard tries to bond with him, he is unsuccessful in his attempt, as his approach to it is insane. The hatred is apparent as we see in scenes where Eric visualizes shooting his father through the head and when he gives him water from the toilet bowl to drink.
As for the porn film that is being shot, one can see some explicit sex scenes taking place in the most gruesome manner with extreme close-up shots of Tess’s labia reconstruction, disgusting food fights, alcohol and drug abuse. Tess bears the brunt of humiliation and sexual exploitation, inflicted on her by the insensitive men. For those who have inhibitions about porn, just beware. The film is a critical valuation of the pornography industry and how crude it can be. It is unnerving, but the characters have played their parts well and although it may not appeal to a large audience, the film does bring forward its point.
Director: Lukas Moodysson
Cast: Thorsten Flinck, Bjorn Almroth, Sanna Brading, Goran Marjanovic
Nominations: European Film Awards, Mar del Plata Film Festival
Country: Sweden, Denmark