Wednesday, April 08, 2009

ON "OLD" DVD : A HOLE IN MY HEART (2004)

Lukas Moodysson's A Hole in My Heart is an easy target for a critic's rage. That's not to say that some of said rage wouldn't be justifiable. It would be impossible to not experience extreme emotions while being confronted with images of labia surgery, borderline emitophilia, and a pasty fat man with his unwashed cock-n-balls. Heck, just writing that feels like a taunt. There's no doubt that Swedish director Lukas Moodysson made A Hole in My Heart to provoke, but it is my opinion that that provocation was not of the hit-and-run variety.

Though I do feel hit - also stunned, disgusted, and a bit moved - after watching this movie. A Hole in My Heart deserves a second viewing from me, but I couldn't fathom watching it again so soon. So, for now, I'm keeping it in a brain box alongside Dusan Makavejev's Sweet Movie and Koen Mortier's Ex-Drummer. Typically, I feel comfortable proclaiming whether I liked a movie or not immediately after seeing it. Sometimes it might take a couple of hours to mull over, but rarely do I find myself on the fence. However, with those three aforementioned movies, that is indeed the case.

On its surface, A Hole in My Heart (replete with that cardio-damaging primal scream of a title), is a like an ungnashing scream toward a world that's "fucked up, man!". Moodysson himself has said this about his film: "In a perfect world, this film would not be made." If you just rolled your eyes, I completely understand. Well, Luke, in a perfect world we probably wouldn't have film (or any art) at all. So does "imperfect world" = "nihilism" to Moodysson? Other reviewers have read A Hole in My Heart's debauchery as an anti-capitalist rant, and seeing as how Moodysson is a devoted far-leftist, that isn't a theory with bad aim. But I don't see it so succinctly.

First, my own reactionary charge that A Hole in My Heart is a nihilistic film. Thinking about that, there are simply too many moments of on-screen human vulnerability for me to feel comfortable with that kind of label. Though some will disagree, I found Moodysson's previous film, Lilya-4-Ever, to be a much harder film to sit through and much more belonging to a nihilist creed (though Moodysson ends Lilya with some "angel wings", that wasn't enough to lift it out of 24/7 hell). In comparison, I would argue that A Hole in My Heart is fighting for this world. A recurring image in the film is of Eric (the most ethical character) leaning against a poster of the Earth that's pinned between the corners of the wall. Dwarfing the photo of our world, it's as if Eric is its protector, shielding it from the grotesqueries going on outside his room.

Outside his room is where Eric's father, his father's friend, and a young woman are shooting some hardcore amateur porn. The time sequence is unclear. The way the film is edited, moving between the apparent past and present, we could be witnessing the passage of four hours or four weeks. Somewhere within this wormhole, Eric and Tess (the young woman) become intimate friends. "Close your eyes and tell me what you see", Tess says to Eric as they face each other and nod off on white sheets. This gentle, non-sexual command from Tess opens and closes the film, bookending the sometimes incomprehensible barbaric behavior on screen, and putting the thought in ones head that perhaps this was ... a dream????

Eh... I don't know. Tough to say. But I like that better than the theory of A Hole in My Heart being a left-wing political screed. Sure, the interpretive door is open for that, for an appeal towards an authoritarian social-engineering call to arms to wipe out "evil consumerism", but I refuse to believe that a movie which has lingered with me for so long could be devoted to such simple-minded intentions. If so, then Moodysson probably would have called his movie My Heart on My Sleeve instead of the much more inward and intense title that he gave it.

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Arbogast said...

Though some will disagree, I found Moodysson's previous film, Lilya-4-Ever, to be a much harder film to sit through and much more belonging to a nihilist creed (though Moodysson ends Lilya with some "angel wings", that wasn't enough to lift it out of 24/7 hell).

Yeah, Lilya-4-Ever, however on-the-nose it may have been in depicting the lives of those kids, felt like nose rubbing to me, too polemic to really touch me because I was too busy guarding myself against being hit. I can't really criticize the filmmaker for shooting from the hip but for me he missed the mark.

Fox said...

Yeah, Lilya-4-Ever, however on-the-nose it may have been in depicting the lives of those kids, felt like nose rubbing to me, too polemic to really touch me because I was too busy guarding myself against being hit. I can't really criticize the filmmaker for shooting from the hip but for me he missed the mark.

Arbo-

Well said, and I agree. It was too much of an ugly truth.

It calls into question the line between establishing something horrid and then simply beating it into bloody submission. When we get to the point of the POVs of those men on top of Lilya, you feel not just punched in the nose, but pounded to a pulp.

I suppose some would argue the value in that, but, to me, it comes off as self-serving for the director, satisfying his own anger and thus turning off the audience from the issue he's bringing about.

Soiled Sinema said...

Oh lord. Saw this film about a good 2 years ago. Depised this film. Seemed to me as shock for shock's sake. Need to rewatch this film but I'm not looking forward to it. Also, I have yet to finish Lilya-4-Ever as I seem to have fallen in love with the lead.


-mAQ

Fox said...

Soiled-

Another good point about Lilya-4-Ever... it was ever more uncomfortable b/c the actress was very attractive. AND SHE WAS 15 AT THE TIME!

Of course, that probably furthers Moodysson's point, but... poor girl. And I really mean poor girl b/c she went from Lilya-4-Ever to staring in that piece of crap The Bourne Supremacy.

And your "shock for the sake of shock" may be on point. Perhaps when I see it again I won't feel as generous to it. But for now I stand by it.

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