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Hungry Hearts is a 2014 Italian drama film directed by Saverio Costanzo. It was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 71st Venice International Film Festival.[2][3] At Venice, Adam Driver and Alba Rohrwacher won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor and Best Actress respectively.[4] It was also screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.[5]

Hungry Hearts
Hungry Hearts (2014 film)Locandina.jpg
Italian film poster
Directed bySaverio Costanzo
Produced by
Written bySaverio Costanzo
Based onIl bambino indaco
by Marco Franzoso
StarringAdam Driver
Alba Rohrwacher
Roberta Maxwell
Music byNicola Piovani
CinematographyFabio Cianchetti
Edited byFrancesca Calvelli
Distributed byRadiant Films International[1]
Release date
  • 31 August 2014 (2014-08-31) (Venice)
  • 15 January 2015 (2015-01-15) (Italy)
Running time
109 minutes


When Mina (Alba Rohrwacher) and Jude (Adam Driver) first meet, it's under the worst of circumstances; Mina finds herself accidentally trapped in a bathroom with Jude, who is suffering from food poisoning induced diarrhea. Despite this awkward first encounter, the two form a seemingly strong relationship. However, when Mina announces that she's going to return to Italy, Jude initiates a sexual encounter that ends with him ejaculating inside of her, despite Mina specifically requesting otherwise. Mina becomes pregnant as a result of the encounter, which further ties her to Jude and prevents her from traveling to Italy. The pregnancy ends up putting a large amount of strain on their relationship since Mina is obsessed with purity and greatly distrusts modern medicine. While Jude wants her to visit an obstetrician, he decides to trust Mina's decision to rely more on alternative and traditional medicine, even going so far as to attend a meeting with a psychic, who declares the fetus an Indigo child. Mina does not eat well during her pregnancy, which results in her amniotic fluid drying up. When she goes into labor, she attempts a water birth with a midwife, but after hours, the baby goes into distress and Jude takes her to the hospital against her wishes, where she has a C-section. Once the baby is born Mina begins putting the infant on a vegan diet, which concerns Jude, who begins to secretly go against Mina's parenting techniques. This puts the two parents at odds with one another, and Mina begins to further obsess about keeping the child pure, at one point feeding the child an anti-nutrient oil because Jude fed the child some meat. As things progress the relationship continues on a downward spiral that puts the child's well-being and life at risk.

Towards the end of the film, Jude takes the child from the couple's home and brings him to his mother, where he feeds him a meal. Mina comes and attempts to sneak away with the child, only for Jude to stop her. As a result, Mina throws herself face-first into a door, causing injury. She uses the bruises on her face to convince the police that Jude hit her, and she takes the baby back home with her. She happily spends the day with her son at the beach. However, when she returns home and puts the baby to sleep, an unseen person enters the apartment. Mina sits up in bed and watches the person enter the bedroom. The screen then cuts to black as a gunshot rings out. Jude is next seen running into the police station, frantically asking where his son is. The baby is unharmed, but Jude breaks down in tears. It turns out that Jude's mother shot and killed Mina because she recognized that Mina was a danger to her grandson, and that Mina would have eventually starved the baby if she lived. In her prison cell, she expresses regret for her actions, but does not regret protecting her grandson and saving him from his mother. The film ends with Jude and his school-aged son playing on the beach.



Critical reception for Hungry Hearts has been mixed, and the film holds a rating of 61% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 28 reviews.[6] It has a score of 44% on Metacritic.[7]


Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
71st Venice International Film Festival[8] Golden Lion Saverio Costanzo Nominated
Volpi Cup for Best Actor Adam Driver Won
Volpi Cup for Best Actress Alba Rohrwacher Won
Pasinetti Award for Best Actress Alba Rohrwacher Won
Special Pasinetti Award for Best Direction Saverio Costanzo Won
Cinema for UNICEF Award Saverio Costanzo Won
60th David di Donatello Awards[9] Best Film Mario Gianani and Lorenzo Mieli Nominated
Best Director Saverio Costanzo Nominated
Best Script Saverio Costanzo Nominated
Best Actress Alba Rohrwacher Nominated
Best Cinematography Fabio Cianchetti Nominated
Best Editing Francesco Calvelli Nominated
Best Score Nicola Piovani Nominated
55th Globi d'oro[10] Best Actress Alba Rohrwacher Won
30th Ciak d'oro[11] Best Producer Mario Gianani and Lorenzo Mieli Nominated
Best Screenwriter Saverio Costanzo Nominated
Best Cinematography Fabio Cianchetti Nominated
Best Score Nicola Piovani Nominated


  1. ^ Nick Vivarelli (8 August 2014). "Radiant Films International Takes 'Hungry Hearts' World Rights (Exclusive)". Variety.
  2. ^ "International competition of feature films". Venice. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Venice Film Festival Lineup Announced". Deadline. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Roy Andersson film scoops Venice Golden Lion award". BBC News. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Toronto Film Festival Lineup". Variety. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Hungry Hearts (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Hungry Hearts". Metacritic. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Festival di Venezia 2014: ecco tutti i premi della 71ma Mostra del Cinema". Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  9. ^ "David di Donatello 2015, le cinquine: 16 nomination per "Anime nere", 14 per Martone". Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Globo d'oro ad Alba Rohrwacher per Hungry Hearts". Wildside. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  11. ^ "Ciak D'Oro 2015, l'elenco dei premiati - TV Sorrisi & Canzoni". TV Sorrisi & Canzoni. Retrieved 4 January 2016.

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