Last year, actress Geraldine Viswanathan was honored by the Toronto International Film Festival as a TIFF Rising Star. This year, the actress makes appearances in both Bad Education and The Broken Hearts Gallery. One shouldn’t forget previous appearances in Blockers or Hala. The actress should become a should become a household name following this film.
Lucy Gulliver (Geraldine Viswanathan) is a hoarder. The young woman, now working at an art gallery, has a collection of items from her previous boyfriends. Where some people throw these items away, Lucy chooses to keep them. Anyway, she’s working at a New York gallery and sleeping with her boss, Max (Utkarsh Ambudkar). Lucy ends up falling apart when they later break up. Lucy’s roommates, Amanda (Molly Gordon) and Nadine (Phillipa Soo), try to get her to change her ways. Newsflash: this does not go well.
Lucy’s collection of items is what’s truly preventing her from being able to move on. How would a potential boyfriend feel when he sees her collection? Lucy ends up meeting Nick (Dacre Montgomery), a hotel owner. As the two get to know each other, Lucy ends up finding the perfect solution to her problems. It comes in an empty lounge in Nick’s hotel and thus, The Broken Hearts Gallery is born. Not surprisingly, they start falling for each other. But will he become part of Lucy’s collection? You’ll just have to watch the film.
I will also say however is that it’s nice to see Geraldine Viswanathan, Molly Gordon, and Utkarsh Ambudkar on the screen again. After watching Brittany Runs A Marathon, I think Utkarsh can and should be leading a film. Or co-lead a film at the very least!
Writer-director Natalie Krinsky draws from her own experiences for her directorial debut. It tends to make for a better film when writers write what they know. Even though this film is a romantic comedy on paper, there’s something more to it. While my initial viewing experience was less than pleasant, I can appreciate how Krinsky decides to tackle the film through the experience of pain. It’s one thing to see characters break up on screen–we see this a lot in films even if they always get back together by the end. The thing is, we never really see a film like this. How can one remain positive even after a bad breakup? This is the beauty of The Broken Hearts Gallery.
Selena Gomez executive produces the film and while she isn’t necessarily making a cameo, a ticket stub makes an appearance during the opening credits.
The Broken Hearts Gallery shows two things: Geraldine Viswanathan should be a household name and Natalie Krinsky is a filmmaker to watch.
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DIRECTOR/SCREENWRITER: Natalie Krinsky
CAST: Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Molly Gordon, Phillipa Soo, Arturo Castro, Suki Waterhouse, Sheila McCarthy, Nathan Dales, Ego Nwodim, Megan Ferguson, and Bernadette Peters