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682 Ratings

Scarred Hearts

Inimi cicatrizate

Directed by Radu Jude
Romania, Germany, 2016


Summer, 1937: Emanuel, a young writer, is committed to a sanatorium on the Black Sea coast for treatment. He reads, he writes, he smokes, he drinks and he romances. As he gets accustomed to the sadness of his new life, Emanuel discovers that there is still a life to be lived to the fullest.

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Scarred Hearts Directed by Radu Jude
Emanuel’s humor and joie de vivre buoy him along, even as his suffering deepens, and his intellect and wit make farce out of his dire fate.
July 27, 2018
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Mr. Jude wastes no time establishing that this won’t be an easy film to watch. Early on, he keeps the camera perfectly still while Emanuel, screaming, has a giant needle full of pus drained from an abscess. Nothing that follows is so graphic, but the film remains demanding and at times obscure.
July 26, 2018
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The director, Radu Jude, unfolds the horrific treatment with an unflinching and fascinated specificity that contrasts with the teeming theatrical tableaux in which he films life in the lavish facility.
July 20, 2018
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