Rising country music duo TORN HEARTS – Leigh (Alexxis Lemire) and Jordan (Abby Quinn) – stumble upon the opportunity of their dreams: the chance to meet their idol, Harper Dutch (Katey Sagal), one-half of the legendary country music band The Dutchess Sisters.
Fueled by the desire to record a single with Harper and cement their fame, Leigh and Jordan plan a surprise visit to Harper who has been living alone in a crumbling mansion filled with the memories of her sister Hope.
After a rocky welcome, Harper agrees to record a single with the women in order to “make things right” between her and her sister Hope, who tragically took her own life years earlier. But as the women party through the night and bond, Harper tests them both in dangerous ways, revealing secrets and ambitions that could destroy them all.
Director Brea Grant’s cautionary tale is a solid ride; the camera follows each character closely and keeps you on the edge of suspense. And writer Rachel Koller Croft has crafted a smart screenplay – a horror-thriller that shows the real-life probs of being women in a business run by men, and how women, even the best of friends, can be manipulated to fight each other for the spotlight.
On top of that, the cast is great! In particular, of course, Katey Sagal as Harper – who flips from unsettling to unhinged in a blink and nearly broke my heart during the scene where she sings a forlorn ballad. Shout-outs to Joshua Leonard (THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT) as Torn Hearts’ opportunistic manager, and Shiloh Fernandez as an oily country music star/producer with his eye on Jordan.
In short: TORN HEARTS is gorgeously filmed; the script kept me guessing; and I really loved the ending. Check it out! On streaming services May 20, 2022.