“Our Broken Hearts” is yet another hit from Netflix. But despite the many positive returns, some saw it as a misogynistic and racist film. Actress Sofia Carson and director Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum give their vision.
Our bruised heartsa tragic romance that is a hit on Netflix
Almost every week, we see real surprises appear in the top new Netflix releases. Films that no one expected, but which ultimately attract a large audience. This is the case with Our bruised heartsposted on the platform on July 29, and which is, in France, still ahead of the big-budget film The Gray Man. Thus, Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas seem to be no match for Sofia Carson and Nicholas Galitzinethe duo that wears Our bruised hearts. The romance has so far accumulated more than 100 million hours of viewing.
The film features Cassie, a diabetic waitress and singer, who cannot afford his insulin. One evening she meets Luke, a Marine with whom the current really does not pass. It must be said that both have a priori one over the other. It’s hard to imagine these two living a beautiful love story. Nevertheless, Cassie decides to propose to Luke a fake marriage to be able to take advantage of health insurance and thus pay for their medication. For his part, Luke will be able to take advantage of the money received with this status to repay a debt with a dealer. So he accepts the deal. So, little by little, Cassie and Luke will get to know each other and grow closer.
A racist movie?
Even though Our bruised hearts attracted the public en masse, with enthusiastic feedback, some spectators still issued some reviews. Mainly around Luke’s misogyny. When others felt that the movie was racist and served as propaganda for the army.
Actress Sofia Carson and director Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum have returned to Variety on these criticisms and gave their point of view to defend the film. In the American media, the filmmaker first explains that “for characters to grow, they must be imperfect at first“.
They have flaws early on and that was intentional. For the red heart and the blue heart to turn purple, they have to be a little extreme.
Here she refers to the political parties in the United States. The blue of the Democrats and the red of the Republicans. By mixing the two – thus finding a happy medium in their ideas -, we obtain purple, which refers to the original title of the film: Purple Hearts. A metaphor shared by Sofia Carson.
They are two hearts, one red, one blue, two worlds apart, raised to hate each other. Through love, they learn empathy and compassion and how to love themselves and transform into that beautiful shade of purple.
The actress continues by insisting on their desire to represent the two visions of these opposing characters. It is by pushing them into certain clichés that the film seeks to develop a more human and moderate discourse. Above all, as the director analyzes, according to her, the two characters were “abused by the system“. They would then be above all the reflection of a country currently “very imperfect“.
We let you make up your own mind. You can (re)discover Our bruised hearts on Netflix.