Released a little over two weeks ago on Netflix, the romance Our bruised hearts held first place in the top before being dethroned by Day Shift. But the film is at the heart of a controversy…
Our bruised hearts is a romantic drama that was a surprise hit on Netflix, but the film drew a lot of criticism for its depiction of a romance between a military man and a singer. In the movie, Sofia Carson stars as a liberal musician who marries a Marine, played by Nicholas Galitzine, to obtain health insurance and thus cover his expenses related to his diabetes. What was a simple arrangement will lead to a love story.
The film also explores themes of misogyny and racism, which have also drawn the ire of many viewers. Sofia Carson and the director Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum defended the film.
“I fell in love with the film because it is a love story, but it is much more than that“said the actress, who is also an executive producer at variety. “They are two hearts, one red, one blue. Two worlds apart, who are really raised to hate each other. Through the power of love, they learn empathy and compassion and how to love themselves and transform into that beautiful shade of purple.“
Speaking of blue, Sofia Carson designates the Democrats, and red for the Republicans. The mixture of the two colors gives the purple of the original title of the film Purple Hearts (hearts purple). She adds that the filmmakers wanted to show both sides accurately. “What I think I’ve learned to do as an artist is to separate myself from all that and listen to how the world feels and how it reacts to the film.“
“It was so beautifully moving and so many people felt seen or comforted by this film. That’s all we could wish for as artists“, concludes the actress.
Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum noted that it is important for characters to be imperfect at the start of a film so that they have room to grow as they grow. “So we intentionally created two characters who were raised to hate each other.“, explained the director.
“They have flaws early on and that was intentional. In order for the red heart and the blue heart to somehow turn purple, they have to be rather extreme. Some of the people around them are even more imperfect than them“, she added.
Cassie Salazar (Sofia Carson) and Luke Morrow (Nicholas Galitzine) have both been ignored by the system, the director pointed out. “He was wounded in a war that does not seem to end and it slips through the cracks of the health system“, she noted. In these extreme circumstances, the characters “learn to moderate themselves, to listen to themselves and to love themselves“.
Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum and Sofia Carson also wanted the film to reflect how flawed America is in real life. “I hope anyone who feels insulted in any way understands that our intentions are very pure, and that’s because we believe people need to grow up and need to start becoming more moderate“, explained the director.
The film received praise for its realistic portrayal of day-to-day life with type 1 diabetes. Laura Pavlakovich, founder of the “You’re Just My Type” podcast, and Dr. Michael Metzger served as medical consultants. A consultant Medtronic, a medical technology company, was involved and ended up appearing in the film. Sofia Carson has learned how “devastating” it is for people with diabetes in the United States who cannot afford the treatment they need.
Our Broken Hearts is based on the novel by Tess Wakefield, with a screenplay by Kyle Jarrow and Liz W. Garcia. The film was released on July 29 and debuted at number two on Netflix’s Global Top 10 Movies chart. In its first full week, between August 1 and August 7, subscribers watched over 102.59 million hours of the film.