Broken Hearts Gallery, The

Romance , Comedy | 108 Minutes

Canada: Friday, August 07, 2020

Sony Pictures


for sexual content throughout and some crude references, strong language and drug references

What if you saved a souvenir from every relationship you've ever been in? The Broken Hearts Gallery follows the always unique Lucy, a 20-something art gallery assistant living in New York City, who also happens to be an emotional hoarder. After she gets dumped by her latest boyfriend, Lucy is inspired to create The Broken Heart Gallery, a pop-up space for the items love has left behind. Word of the gallery spreads, encouraging a movement and a fresh start for all the romantics out there, including Lucy herself.

Cast & Crew

Movie Cast
  • Geraldine Viswanathan
  • Dacre Montgomery
  • Utkarsh Ambudkar
  • Molly Gordon
  • Phillipa Soo
  • Suki Waterhouse
  • Arturo Castro
  • Ego Nwodim
  • Taylor Hill
  • Bernadette Peters
Movie Crew
  • Natalie Krinsky
  • David Gross
  • Natalie Krinsky

User Reviews

Public Reviews - 1 Reviews
  • Gregory M. - Rated it 3 out of 5

    "The Broken Hearts Gallery" What if you saved a souvenir from every relationship you’ve ever been in? "The Broken Hearts Gallery" follows the always unique Lucy Gulliver (Geraldine Viswanathan), a 20-something art gallery assistant living in New York City, who also happens to be an emotional hoarder. After she gets dumped by her latest boyfriend Yan (Trent Padry), Lucy is inspired to create 'The Broken Heart Gallery', a pop-up space for the items love has left behind. Word of the gallery spreads, encouraging a movement and a fresh start for all the romantics out there, including Lucy herself. Buried under piles of mementoes from her past, we meet Lucy on the surface, the ideal hip, young 'New Yorker' working at a prestigious gallery and sleeping with the handsome gallery director, Max Vora (Utkarsh Ambudkar). But when his ex shows up at a work event, a blindsided Lucy reveals the vulnerable mess that lurks below the surface, resulting in both the demise of her relationship with Max and her dismissal from the gallery. A heartbroken Lucy finds herself unable to let go of her failed relationships, or the things that remind her of them. With a loving shove into reality from her roommates, Lucy and her literal baggage run into Nick (Dacre Montgomery), a cynical, aspiring hotel owner who’s amused by Lucy’s antics and inadvertently inspires a solution; 'The Broken Hearts Gallery' in the unfurnished lounge of his hotel. As they work with each other to finish the hotel and promote the gallery, Lucy and Nick fall for one another. But when an enchanting ex makes an appearance, this time it’s Nick who can’t let go. Finally forced to admit his own romantic issues, Nick must convince Lucy not to give up and throw him in with the rest of her collection. Lucy is a celebrator of life and happy moments. She's outgoing and warm and outrageous at times. She’s got a big heart and feels things to the fullest. It's a romantic comedy about a woman with a relentlessly and refreshingly positive attitude who refuses to be dragged down by the pain of heartbreak and real life; navigating her way in the big city. She recovers from a broken heart who meets an aspiring hotelier. After a series of false starts they eventually agree to collaborate on both the hotel and a gallery housed within where the broken hearted can have keepsakes from their failed relationships displayed. At the same time, Lucy is holding onto these mementos from her past, she has difficulty letting these memories just exist as memories of a time in her past. The film kicks off with 'I Remember', an emotional but upbeat song about a relationship that’s ended. This song features mementos from Lucy’s past breakups as those objects loom large over Manhattan. Lucy and Nick duet on ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’, a song that they reprise later in the movie, at a very important moment for Lucy, and then the gang wrap up the night with 'Party In The USA'. Like a lot of contemporary artists, Lucy has a way of looking at the world that she sees art and meaning in a variety of different things, even in the trash. Of course, next to these fine-art pieces are the pieces of her own; the airplane barf bags, ticket stubs, little plastic bags filled with string or old paint, and other objects she has curated and tacked up right next to the art. In some ways, the film embraces old school ideas about romance, like big romantic gestures. But it also has really new school ideas about romance, ultimately the reason Lucy falls for Nick is that Nick respects her for who she's and also supports her success, that's one of the things we identify with most about her. A familiar element of romantic comedy is the idea of polar opposites meeting and possibly falling in love. Nick is the most handsome man in the galaxy. He's someone who's quite reserved and who for a host of reasons has put up emotional walls around himself. Yet Nick is still open to new ventures and to love.  Nick is in the process of creating a new hotel when he meets Lucy. He’s fascinated by the idea of a hotel being a watering hole where people can take off their backpacks and put away their luggage and experience something together. He’s also waiting to meet a really beautiful person that can treat him in the right way. He facilitates her efforts to make the dream a reality. Once they become a partnership in building something together, that’s when they realize how important they're to each other. Max Vora is the gallery director and Lucy’s boss. He's the other man in Lucy’s life. He’s got this really amazing wit and dry sense of humor and a real suaveness that he brings to Max. We understand immediately why Lucy is taken by this sophisticated, sexy, intelligent person who seems to just move through the world with such ease and in such a grown-up way. He’s this smooth, over-confident, well-dressed type. He has genuine feelings for Lucy but he’s not over an ex. He's a member of 'The Broken Hearts Gallery' whether or not he wants to admit it. And so, he’s unable to give Lucy the love that she deserves. Lucy falls head over heels for Max because he’s kind of the dream guy. He’s got his life together; he woos her, wines her, and dines her. They've an enviable life together there are clear issues that could lead to conflict. There’s a definite imbalance. They’re in very different places in their lives and she looks up to him. She has him on a pedestal. Amanda (Molly Gordon) and Nadine (Phillipa Soo) are Lucy’s best friends and roommates. Amanda is very weird. She has been in a relationship for six years with Jeff (Nathan Dales), but he doesn’t speak. That’s where the humor comes in their relationship. Nadine’s been in a lot of relationships with lots of women and is a bit of a serial heartbreaker. Out of all the characters, Nadine has the most positive outlook on heartbreak, but she tends to be the heartbreaker. Throughout the film, we see her understand and realize that. There’s something about moving to a big city in your 20s. The people that end up being your family in those moments are your friends. The film wants that foundation in Lucy’s life to be stable, and be the undying love underneath this funny love story despite the men that might come in and out of Lucy’s life. The friendship between Nick and his contractor friend Marcos (Arturo Castro), parallels the one enjoyed by Lucy, Nadine, and Amanda. They joke and tease, but they also offer each other constructive criticism and support when needed. Nick is someone who shields himself from the world. Marcos tries to push his friend out of his shell. You always meet somebody in your life that gives it to you straight, even when it hurts. Marcos thrives on making situations that are uncomfortable really obvious. Eva (Bernadette Peters) can make or break a young artist or curator wanting to move up in New York's art world. Lucy and Eva show how women can nurture and support each other to achieve professional success. Eva sees a little of herself in Lucy when she was young and didn’t know much about life. She sees Lucy’s potential. When you see talent you grab it and you nurture it. And that’s what she’s done all her life. There still aren’t that many female gallery owners today with the power we imagine Eva has in the film. Eva wants Lucy to succeed. When Lucy doesn’t step up, Eva is **** ** her because she wants her to continue to grow into her potential. This is a movie about what it’s like to be a young woman in her 20s, trying to live her best life with her two closest friends in the city, while both being there for one another to lend support but also challenging one another to make the most of every experience. "The Broken Hearts Gallery" takes place primarily in New York’s art scene. The screenplay is much about what it’s like to be in a city of nine million people, holding onto a bright, positive attitude and finding the people who make the connections that reinforce who you're. Although the characters are charming and very, very funny, the charm and humor mask layers beneath. This story is about what we do with pain, what we do with heartbreak. It says something about the way that we love each other and the way that we experience connections with other people, whether they be romantic or platonic relationships. We all keep the mementos of our past relationships; the ones that left us better and the ones that broke our hearts but helped us grow. It’s good to have an object to spur those bittersweet memories every now and then. Those memories are part of what makes us who we're. written by Gregory Mann

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