HEARTLAND

By Maura ANDERSON

HEARTLAND FILMS LLC - as PROD

LGBT - Completed 2016

A young artist, struggling with a recent death, finds escape in a reckless affair with her brother's girlfriend.

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BFI Flare 2017
Hearts
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • LGBT, Family, Drama
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 99 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Maura ANDERSON
    • Producer(s)
    • Jennifer WOOD, Maura ANDERSON, Velinda GODFREY
    • Synopsis
    • Heartland tells the story of Lauren, a 28-year-old artist living in suburban Oklahoma, who has moved back in with her mom, Crystal, following the sudden death of her girlfriend. The arrangement leads the relentlessly chipper Crystal to believe her daughter is headed back to the straight and narrow. But, Lauren is only following her mom’s traditional plans for her future in order to stave off the pain of the recent tragedy.
      When her brother (Justin) comes home with his longtime girlfriend (Carrie) to help launch a local winery, Lauren, looking for distractions, is excited by their offer for her to create the artwork for the wine labels. Carrie helps Lauren with the marketing concept and the two have fun searching for images of authentic Oklahoma. But as Lauren regains her sense of adventure, and Carrie starts to question her own predictable future, their excitement for the project develops into a passion for each other. And when the two take cover in a bathtub during a severe storm, their closeness sparks a sexual affair. Unfortunately, it doesn’t remain secret for long.
      After a riotous family argument, Lauren finds herself alone again and is finally forced to face the grief from which she has been running. Lauren looks for a way back to her brother and finally confronts a mother whose love carries subtle limitations.
      Alternating between the die-hard traditions of the modern Oklahoma family and the emerging openness of these same heartland dwellers, this film looks truthfully at the conflicted lives of ordinary people who are forced to question the value of mere tolerance and their allegiance to love.
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