Frank (Nick Offerman; Parks and Recreation, The Kings of Summer) lives with his daughter Sam (talented singer-actress, Kiersey Clemons) and runs a small record shop in Red Hook, Brooklyn. He has managed to keep his business afloat, in part thanks to Leslie, his understanding landlady (the great Toni Colette) for whom Frank has a soft spot. But when she has to raise the rent to meet market prices, Frank decides to close down his store. This is not the only change Frank faces, as his daughter is about to leave home to study medicine on the West Coast. Even though Sam focuses mainly on her studies and her new blossoming relationship with Rose (American Honey’s Sasha Lane), she indulges her father in occasional jam sessions. One night, the duo records what soon becomes a small indie hit on Spotify. As summer is ending, Frank has to accept to let go of his daughter and with her, part of his dream to make it in the music industry.
Hearts Beat Loud is the feel-good movie of this year edition of Americana. A low-key, heartfelt comedy with bits of drama enlighten by catchy music, Brett Haley’s film greatly benefits from its fantastic soundtrack and its stellar cast. Hearts Beat Loud was warmly received on the fest circuit, whether in Sundance, SXSW, Sydney or Taipei. A definite crowd pleaser, the film even won the Audience Awards at Sarasota and Wisconsin Film Festival. A genuinely earnest film that is sure to leave the audience feeling uplifted, with a smile on their face (and, most likely, the title song stuck in their head!).