Damien O'Donnell's Heartlands stars Michael Sheen as a man on a mission. Colin (Sheen) is a simple man who is stunned to learn that his wife has taken up with the captain of his dart team. Upon learning that the two are headed to a big dart competition in Blackpool, Colin hops on his moped and pursues her. Along the way he meets an assortment of colorful individuals. Eventually, Colin is given the chance to confront his wife and her lover. Heartlands was screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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Took me a few minutes to warm up to this movie, but the soundtrack had me intriqued. Once I turned on the english subtitles, it helped immensely! The british accent was hard enough, but sometimes the main character speaks as if he's Amish. I digress. About a 30ish guy really learning about life once his wife leaves him. He is so sweet and kind, but by trying to do everything to please his wife, he ends up boring her out of the marriage. He takes a trek on a motorcycle to a dart championship (his wife is there as well with her new man), and meets people who in the small acts of their kindness and adverturesome spirit, change his life in very big ways. Nice folk music soundtrack as well.
In Heartlands you have a gentle soul for a main character. A genuinely sweet man with absolutely no agenda who is incapable of being mean. The pace of the movie is slow and the interaction between the characters is low key but there is much to take in. Our hero, Colin, takes a road trip but doesn't find himself, or love, or solutions to his problems. What he finds at the end of the movie is a need to see what's around the next bend.
What struck me the most was the way this movie demonstrates that magnanimity can be shown in small gestures. The haircut scene was a powerful example but you'll have to see the movie to understand.
I was disappointed in Heartlands. The movie dragged in many road trip scenes, the same female singer dominated the soundtrack, the characters weren't very interesting, nor was the story. Overall, the film seemed only a step above amateurish. I think the story could have been better, the ending less cliche. I was expecting a better story, and to like the main character more. I usually like quirky films, which this is, but it just doesn't measure up to most of those I have enjoyed, e.g. Everything is Illuminated.