- Actors: Jonathan Scarfe, Nina Dobrev, Zachary Bennett, Kim Coates, Daryl Hannah
- Directors: Damian Lee
- Writers: Jack Crystal
- Producers: Damian Lee, David Crystal, Gregg Goldstein, Jack Crystal, Joe Barzo
- Format: Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Spanish
- Region: All RegionsAll Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Image Entertainment
- Release Date: April 28 2009
- Run Time: 96 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- ASIN: B001PJRAVW
Hearts of War [Import]
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Release Date: 28-APR-2009
Media Type: DVD
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In German occupied Poland at the dawn of World War II, Oskar, a young German officer, and Rachel, the daughter of a Rabbi, fall in love. Forced apart by violent village massacres, Rachel discovers she is pregnant, and resigned to the fact she will never be re-united with Oskar, marries Bernard, an honorable Jewish man who is willing to be the father in the hope of earning her love. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Without wanting to spoil the plot I will say the following, from this point onwards it starts to become a very good lesson in how to not make a film. Writer Jack Crystal could not have thought that coincidence upon ludicrous coincidence would make a good film. There are more plot hols in this film than any I have ever seen. Even with a leap of faith this does not work and the whole thing has the effect of alienating the viewer. Daryl Hannah even gets Oscars' name wrong at one point calling him `Arthur' I was so shocked I went back and watched it again. On its release in the USA Jay Seaver of eCritic said `You're not supposed to laugh at movies like "Hearts of War"..Once the audience is snickering, you've failed. Released in the UK as "The Poet", even with a name change it remains still the very poor film it was under that title.
PLOT Spoiler Alert - here are some of the plot holes.
Oscar arriving in the nick of time to save Rachel and Bernard, and the German soldiers not even questioning his excuse.
Oscar killing a fellow soldier and nothing more is said.
The language I can forgive even though he is suppose to be fluent in every language going including Russian, and yet always speaks with his put on accent - as indeed do everyone.
When they are getting married they have a celebration with music and no-one has thought to be on the look out for the Germans.
Once again they are the only survivors the same as the village massacre.
Arriving at the German Forward camp in Russia, where in a nano second she goes from being the daughter of a Polish Rabbi in the backwoods of nowhere to being a top cabaret artist and call girl.
The fact that the Germans call her baby a `Jew', and yet Bernard won't admit to being a Jew to the Russians.
The fact that she sleeps with Oscar's father is a plot twist far too far to be believable.
The fact that Oscar turns up there at all.
The fact that despite the vast size of both Poland and Russia, the characters seem to stumble across one another with the frequency of childish lovers in the same bedroom. I could go on the one thing I can say is that it only last ninety odd minutes, but if you do not make it to the end you will not miss anything as everyone gets killed. Everyone except Oscar and Rachel that is, so a complete fairy tale ending.