Writer-director Alexandra-Therese Keining’s “With Every Heartbeat,” consistently remains several steps behind the audience as it plays out the formulaic pattern of two unlikely women who fall for each other. Riddled with such phony character motivation and action that the characters themselves repeatedly call each into question, the Swedish production will lure support from undiscriminating auds looking for strong female sexuality onscreen.
At an engagement party for sixtysomething dad Lasse (vet Krister Henriksson), Mia (Ruth Vega Fernandez) accompanies fiance Tim (Joakim Natterqvist) and seems reasonably in love. But Frida (Liv Mjones), the daughter of Lasse’s soon-to-be wife (Lena Endre, reduced to fourth-banana status), inexplicably makes eyes at Mia, who just as inexplicably returns the interest, setting off erotic fireworks that will likely fill a page of Playboy’s upcoming “Sex in the Cinema” annual spread. As each party absorbs the reality that Mia is turning from Tim to Frida, the film treats the drama with purely mechanical plotting rather than genuine emotional perception.