What if you saved a souvenir from every relationship you’ve ever been in?
This is what main character, Lucy, does. Lucy works as an assistant in an art gallery and her dream job is to eventually run her own. She is in a relationship with the older, very-much-an-adult Max, and in one spectacular night, she loses her relationship, loses her job and gets in a random stranger’s car, thinking it is her Uber. This is how she meets Nick, who blows her mind because everything in his life can be carried in a backpack. Nick is renovating a hotel and because there is space, because they are talking about what we keep, The Broken Hearts Gallery is born.
Lucy’s roommates and best friends, Nadine and Amanda, describe her as a hoarder, frequently trying to help her by cleaning up and you can see the anxiety on her face as she desperately stops them. All of the silly things she keeps have memories attached.
On paper, The Broken Hearts Gallery might seem like the formulaic quirky girl/romance/chick flick film but it has much more substance than expected. The characters are relatable, not all blonde and perfect. Geraldine Viswanathan is brilliant as Lucy – quirky, fun, anxious and determined to succeed. The producers/director have been very smart not just about the casting but with other ways to ensure it is relatable across the ages. When Amanda has her karaoke/murder birthday party, the songs they are singing range from the more current “Sweet but Psycho” to good old 70s and 80s songs, such as “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” – yes, we all sang along!
There is also a fabulous array of one-liners – Nadine reflects on her history of relationships with Russian models and says, “I need to make it right with the Russians or Putin’s gonna have me poisoned.”
A feel-good film that will leave everyone smiling afterwards and also thinking, what do I have and what would I add to The Broken Hearts Gallery?