Lukas Moodysson’s A Hole in My Heart (2004)

a hole in my heart
Eric (Björn Almroth) is a weird troubled kid living with his father Rickard (Thorsten Flinck) an amateur porn actor. Eric spends most of his days cooped up in his dark room listening to industrial rock, doing nothing. While Eric is trying to do anything to avoid his father and not hear him having sex in the living-room, Rickard is concerned that his son is drifting away from him, not respecting him. Geko (Goran Marjanovic), Rickard’s colleague, tries to reassure him. Things start to get out of hand when Tess (Sanna Bråding) an aspiring porn star visits their home to shoot a double penetration scene. The home, isolated from the rest of the world, becomes a microcosmos of its own and everyone seems to be loosing their mind. 

After his masterpiece Lilya 4-Ever Lukas Moodysson decides to make his first non-linear, almost surreal film, that would then culminate in Container, his even more extremely abstract black & white essay. A Hole in My Heart (original title: Ett hål i mitt hjärta) is about the decadence of humanity as a whole and how perverse the human being is. If the protagonists are shooting the content that they are, it is because there is a wide audience of people all around the world ready to consume it. At the end of the day, we (the audience, the people) are accomplices in their crimes and their depravity, whether we admit it to ourselves or not. We can look down at the people in this film and judge them, but at the end of the day we’re not any better.

Personally, I enjoyed this film for its different approach and because it tackles a sensitive subject (pornography). Beyond its message the film is interesting on a visual level as well. Four people worked on the cinematography, the look, of this film. The image is distorted, the camera moves most unorthodoxly and the editing is frenetic to say the least. All of this serves the purpose of giving the film an insane look, as if we were allowed a glimpse inside the mind of a crazy person tripping on acid. At the end of the film, we could interpret everything as a dream, but for me that would be too easy. Not that it would take anything away from the strange beauty of the film. Moodysson, as always, is interested in capturing the pulse of our society: Pop music and pop culture, juxtaposing art and dirt and what lies at the heart of humanity.

A little warning: Know that the sex scenes are very explicit, there are some disturbing images and the film’s tone in general is raw and not easy to digest. Also, if you’re looking for a straight story: This film is very open to interpretation and does not offer an univocal reading. I recommend this film, because of its non-judgmental approach. The only thing I disliked was the character of Eric (the son), my favorite part is the art house Pan-European feel. Yes, it is set in Sweden, but the story could be taking place anywhere in Europe really.

Rating on First Viewing
(on my laptop)
7 out of 10

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