A Bluebird in My Heart
Directed by Jérémie Guez
Danny, an ex-convict in Belgium, is out on parole. Attempting to reform, he takes a job as a dishwasher and forms a bond with his landlord's daughter Clara. But this hope for redemption is however soon shattered when Clara is assaulted, forcing Danny to face his old demons again. A SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE.
In this noir thriller, when a young girl is assaulted, an ex-con must face his old demons.
Cast: Rolland Moller, Lola Le Lann, Veerle Baetens
Very slow but very well filmed. Compelling for a movie that has the most dish-washing scenes I've ever seen.
Slow paced and driven by solid cinematography, this brutal thriller's main weakness is in its plot/characterisation ratio. In choosing to depict such a linear and minimal narrative as a form of 1970s-inspired character study, the film relies heavily on the lead character, whose choices are not always worthy of the sympathy the film seems to expect of its viewer. Moller has got the blend between Charles Bronson, Liam Neeson and above all Jean Reno's León down to an art, but could still have benefitted from some more subtle dialogue. The film is more than watchable, but it takes quite a stretch to call it a horror movie, so I'm not sure how to rate it on Shudder.
Revenge flicks like "Prison 701 Scorpion" are a type of horror. Every so often, a man who thinks of himself that way have to clarify you don't touch his family for a reason. Police of course are useless, I'm afraid. The thing that made me sad? The betraying homeless guy. What pay could he take from the dealers that possibly exceeded the risk to fucking with Danny? Why did Danny not serve the Drug dealers right there in the washroom? Everybody knows what they do. Wholesome and satisfying.
If you completely ignore the plot and just focus in on the performance of the two leads this is enjoyable.
Great film worth watch