Lonely Hearts

Release Date: 29 October 2007 | Certificate: Suitable for 15 years and over
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LONELY HEARTS is the brutal retelling of the true-life tale of Martha Beck (Selma Hayek) and Raymond Fernandez (Jared Leto) a murderous grifter couple who chose their victims via the personal ads of local papers. It was one of the more salacious crime sprees of the late 1940s and it made a legend out of Long Island police detective Elmer C. Robinson the grandfather of the film s director Todd Robinson. The killers story is certainly one worthy of being retold rife as it is with sex violence tough cops and con games. Director Robinson looks to vintage crime films as well the cinematic grandeur of Terrence Malick s BADLANDS for his visual aesthetics. It s a combination that works nicely as not a detail looks out of place--from the natty fedoras worn by detectives Robinson (John Travolta) and Hildebrandt (James Gandolfini) to the big slabs of Detroit steel that everyone drives. The film also does a nice job of evoking the simultaneous sense of possibility and anxiety in post-WWII America showing all the characters in one state of transition or another. Robinson for example is dealing with the loss of his wife to suicide an event that fuels much of his obsession with catching the killers. In fact the types of loss that LONELY HEARTS grapples with are all the result of brutal violence and Robinson doesn t shy away from the gruesome details of those acts many of which fall to Selma Hayek. Her portrayal of Martha Beck is one of the more frightening examples of the classic femme fatale. She is positively psychotic yet smolders with sexuality. She is both violent and stunningly voluptuous and her jealous rages inevitably end in grotesque blood-splattered cocktails of sex and horror. LONELY HEARTS pulp vision is rendered artistically and Robinson is able to coax solid performances from his actors (particularly Hayek and also Gandolfini if only because the viewer forgets who Tony Soprano is for 100 minutes). In general fans of classic detective films a
Release Date: 29 October 2007
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Directed by: Todd Robinson

Region 2
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 103 minutes
Production Year: 2007
Main Language: English

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Catalogue No: EDV9526