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With Love and a Major Organ – Fantasia 2023

With Love and a Major Organ
A magnificent film that its fantastical plot to comment on a how out dependence on technology prevents true interpersonal connections.

With Love and a Major Organ – Fantasia 2023

Runtime: 01:31
Synopsis:
In an alternate world where hearts are made of objects and suppressing emotions is self-care, a lonely woman rips out her own heart for the man she loves, only to discover that he has run away with it.

A lonely woman literally gives her heart to the man of her dreams in . In the not-so-distant future, every aspect of people's life is controlled by an app called LifeZapp, which consequently makes most people devoid of authentic emotional connections. Anabel () is an aspiring artist working for an insurance company, who is resisting the suggestions of her friend Casey () to start using the app. Anabel falls for a man named George (), who she sees in the park reading yesterday's newspaper. However, when George turns down her advances, it results in both figurative and literal heartbreak for Anabel.

With Love and a Major Organ Synopsis

With Love and a Major Organ is the feature debut from director Kim Albright, written by Julia Lederer, based on her acclaimed play and audio drama. The film stars Anna Maguire (Violation) as Anabel, one of the few remaining people not dependent on having their life controlled by the app LifeZapp. When Anabel first sees George, played by Hamza Haq (Viking), he is seen throwing his glowing blue heart off of a cliff. Anabel ends up literally giving her heart to George after he breaks it, and it ends up making significant changes to both their lives.

My Thoughts on With Love and a Major Organ

With Love and a Major Organ is built around an excellent lead performance by Anna Maguire, who is able to progress from recording love poems in neon-lit fantasy sequences to having a significant change in personality in the second half when she quite literally becomes a heartless individual. The film is obviously a metaphor for how our dependence on technology can prevent the development of true interpersonal connections. With its mix of comedy, romance, fantasy, and science fiction, With Love and a Major Organ is a truly magnificent film.

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Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly is a freelance film critic and blogger based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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