Lionsgate UK just dropped a four-minute long look at Philip Ridley’s Heartless (review here) and its trek to the 42nd Sitges Film Festival, and we’ve got it for you minus the jet-lag.
The film follows Jamie (Jim Sturgess), a young man living with his mother in East London. Born with a disfiguring heart-shaped birthmark on his face, Jamie finds it increasingly difficult to fit into society due to constant taunts from local louts and the stares of the general public. Instead, he channels all of his effort into photography and one night gets a glimpse of what appears to be a toothy, demonic face looking out from inside a dilapidated house.
While television news reports describe members of the public being brutally set alight by a gang of Molotov-throwing hooded youths wearing devil masks, Jamie comes to the realization that they aren’t masks at all – demons dressed in hoodies, the foot soldiers of hell, are flooding London. When his mother is brutally killed and Jamie awakens in a hospital, he goes in search of vengeance. This leads him to the devilish Papa B (a suitably slimy Joseph Mawle) – the embodiment of Satan himself.
With nobody left to guide or comfort him, Jamie enters into a Faustian pact – his birthmarks will be removed, giving him a chance at a normal life and love, in exchange for some minor acts of chaos. Of course, no deal with the Devil is ever as simple as it seems to be, and soon Jamie is forced into murderous acts of sacrifice. Along the way he meets Tia (Clémence Poésy) and a relationship blossoms – but can Jamie protect her, and indeed himself, from the new world he has entered?
Sound interesting? They had me at demons burning people alive. Dig on the video below, and look for more on this one soon.
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