A Minnesota-made movie: ‘Hearts Want’ review

In July I founded the Minnesota Film Critics Alliance and one of the best parts of doing so has been connecting with really talented people.

One of them is Ruth Maramis, who reviews films at FlixChatter. Her movie-related work doesn’t end there, though.

Maramis was also an executive producer and the writer for the short film “Hearts Want.” Since its release, the picture has picked up recognition from several film festivals.

It’s not surprising. “Hearts Want” is a very strong short film.

Directed by Jason Schumacher, “Hearts Want” is about a stage play headlined by two actors, Lily (Sam Simmons) and Jacques (Peter Christian Hansen). Not only are the two colleagues, though, they’re also former lovers.

“Hearts Want” dives into their relationship, exploring how the two came together, why they drifted apart and overall, the spark that’s still there.

Courtesy “Hearts Want” press kit.

“Hearts Want” is a superb, charming short film. Admittedly, outside of my time at a few film festivals and catching up with Oscar nominees, my short film experience is limited. However, I know a good movie when I see one, and “Hearts Want” is a good movie.

In a small amount of time, “Hearts Want” establishes these two endearing characters very well, and as a result, an audience can’t help but become enamored with their relationship and interested in what will happen next. Watching Lily and Jacques interact, exchange banter, reminisce and ultimately rekindle something from their past is an enjoy romantic journey.

The crew for this project did remarkable work. The film is wonderfully shot, with no scene feeling stilted. Instead, moments throughout the picture feel visually rich. The writing is strong, too, balancing the drama that comes from a past relationship and the tenderness between the characters nicely.

Making a lot of the movie work as well as it does are the performances from Simmons and Christian Hansen. Both are convincing on screen, and the emotion they bring to their performances really hit a viewer. The feelings of anxiousness and longing the characters experience from having to work together and see each other again feels real thanks to their portrayal.

Story-wise, “Hearts Want” does fit a lot into short amount of time, so there is a desire for a bit more time to flesh out the movie. Fortunately, the filmmakers have said they’d like to develop the movie into a full length feature, which would be wonderful to see.

At 15 minutes, “Hearts Want” is without a doubt worth one’s time, thanks to the efforts of its cast and crew.

For more information on the film, visit https://heartswantfilm.com/ and to see Maramis’ film site, go to https://flixchatter.net/.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

3 thoughts on “A Minnesota-made movie: ‘Hearts Want’ review”

  1. THANK YOU so much for watching and reviewing this, Matthew! I’m beyond thrilled that you liked it, really appreciate the kind words. It’s so encouraging to hear that you’d like to see the full story… as the short was born out of a full feature script and I’ve been working on developing the feature version. Thanks again!

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