Written and directed by Natalie Krinsky, this romantic comedy turns the pain of broken hearted into a smart and enjoyable story.
It can be difficult to find a new approach to romance particularly if you feel that every type of romantic story has been covered. But as this refreshing, funny and down-to-earth romantic comedy – actually painful break ups can also good grounds for finding love.
Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan)has just been fired from her job in a swanky art gallery on the same night that her boyfriend decides to dump her. Drunk, she stumbles into the car of Nick, a hotel developer who drives her home – despite the fact of course he is not the cab that she ordered. Soon they are working together on the development of his hotel, where she wants to curate a new exhibition featuring objects that recall the owners heartbreak – inspired by objects that she herself has kept from her exes.
While the premise of the film is simple, Natalie Krinsky’s script is filled with warmth and humour that draws the audience in as the friendship between Lucy and Nick develops. But also cleverly, the film is also about Lucy’s own journey of letting go of her own pain and ultimately stopping from collecting (although the reasons that she started is really relatable to many). Throughout it all, both Nick and Lucy really help each other grow and develop as characters – particularly Lucy’s influence on Nick helps him to soften in a way that is lovely to watch.
It is fun and entertaining to watch simply because all of the characters have been created so well – leading to some great performances, particularly from the female characters. As Lucy, Geraldine Viswanathan is a real bundle of positive energy that ensures her character is both likeable and relatable. Elsewhere, Phillipa Soo as Nadine and Molly Gordon as Amanda are both sharply witty as Lucy’s best friends – consistently adding nice touches to scenes that could have been possibly flat without them.
Overall, The Broken Hearts Gallery is an easy-going watch filled with characters that you wouldn’t mind spending some time with yourself. It is a great contemporary romantic comedy that leaves you in a really good mood – not bad for a story involving heartbreak.
By Emma Clarendon
The Broken Hearts Gallery is available to buy or stream now.