Danish-Turkish coprod is a warmly shot and felt tale of events that lead a hard-luck rural family toward European emigration in the late '60s. Second feature for Elisabeth Rygard and first for scenarist Yuksil Isik is a bit soft on momentum for extensive theatrical travel. Natural fest item could find niche biz in Euro cities with Turkish-heritage populations.
Danish-Turkish coprod “House of Hearts” is a warmly shot and felt tale of events that lead a hard-luck rural family toward European emigration in the late ’60s. Second feature for Elisabeth Rygard (nearly a quarter-century after her co-helmed 1975 feminist comedy “Take It Like a Man, Madam”) and first for scenarist Yuksil Isik is a bit soft on dramatic momentum for extensive theatrical travel. But it’s a natural fest item that could find niche biz in Euro cities with significant Turkish-heritage populations.
Tired of abuse from his spiteful father, musician Ali, his long-suffering wife and two small children strike out on their own, erecting a tent as temporary housing while building a more solid structure. But finishing it before winter is a challenge that gets Ali in debt. Series of disastrous events force him to consider becoming a guest worker in Denmark, where one fellow villager has prospered. Told from p.o.v. of son Osman (as recollected in somewhat awkward present-time sequences between elderly Ali and grown-up Osman), pleasant pic has lovely color lensing, much folk music, and nicely limned ensemble character dramas, though sum impact is nonetheless a tad slight.