Finland, Germany, France 2022
In French, Finnish, German, and English, subtitles in Finnish and English
102 min
Suitable for audiences aged 16 and above
Director: Aino Suni
Screenplay: Aino Suni
Cast: Elsi Sloan, Carmen Kassovitz, Adel Bencherif, Lucille Guillaume
Production: Sébastien Aubert, Leslie Jacob / Ad Astra Films; Ilona Tolmunen / Made, Frauke Kolbmüller / Oma Inge Film
Print Source: B-Plan Distribution

Heartbeast follows Elina, an aspiring young rapper who moves to the French Riviera to live with her mother’s new partner. Elina becomes infatuated with her step sister Sofia, a talented ballerina who leads a reckless double life, desperately struggling to keep up with the high expectations of everyone around her.

The film explores the blurred lines between friendship, love and manipulation, as Elina's crush grows into a dangerous obsession. Skillfully portrayed by the charismatic Elsi Sloan and Carmen Kassovitz, Heartbeast relatably depicts the complex mindscapes of the two young characters. Combined with a dynamic soundtrack and a vibrantly saturated color palette, Aino Suni's direction immerses the audience in a world of high emotions and electric tensions.

Emma Vuorinen