Hearts Beat Loud

Certificate 12A

(2018) 97 mins

Director: Brett Haley
Writers: Brett Haley, Marc Basch
Cinematography: Eric Lin
Production Design: Erin Magill
Music: Keegan DeWitt



In the hip Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, single dad and record store owner Frank (Nick Offerman) is preparing to send his hard-working daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) off to college while being forced to close his vintage shop. Hoping to stay connected through their shared musical passions, Frank urges Sam to turn their weekly jam sessions into a father-daughter live act. After their first song becomes an internet breakout, the two embark on a journey of love, growing up and musical discovery.

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Showings of this film are part of our Cinematheque season which is supported by the British Film Institute.


“This sweet crowd-pleasing musical may have the merest whisper of a story, but the lightness with which it also carries its themes of a lesbian relationship, a biracial family and the tug of first love and parental letting go is as welcome as a summer breeze and makes for feelgood cross-generational cinema.”  Eye for Film

Director Brett Haley, who co-wrote the screenplay, has an eye for tell-tale looks and gestures, tiny, seemingly throwaway moments which are expressive of the deeper feelings the characters have for one another. Offerman is a dryly comic screen presence as the father while Clemons is warm and funny as his impulsive but very loyal daughter.”  The Independent

if you haven’t had your indie film fix for the year, then this feel-good hit is highly recommended.”  The Upcoming



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