NO HEART FEELINGS: A Pleasant Murmur of A Movie

NO HEART FEELINGS – Review by Sennah Yee


Self-proclaimed as a “post-post coming of age story,” No Heart Feelings serves a slice of the lives of a group of friends in their late twenties living in Toronto, as they struggle to find their footing with love, work, and planning the rest of their lives.

The film opens with an almost painfully relatable scene– protagonist Mel is talking with her roommate Chris on the porch outside a party, debating the fate of her relationship with her long-distance boyfriend. After ranting, apologizing for hogging the conversation, then nevertheless cutting Chris off once he started talking, Mel irked me a bit at first, but only because she made me realize that I have been guilty of doing the same thing.

In fact, most scenes in this film are disturbingly relatable– from publicly drinking sorrows or joys away with friends, to having an office job that seems to have a different fancy title yet zero tasks every week (aside from looking at LOLcats), to hating your best friend’s boring girlfriend, No Heart Feelings hits surprisingly close to the heart, in spite of its title. The conversations are muted, mumbly; the non-actors and their improvised dialogue are almost reassuring– with every muttered afterthought, every punchy retort, I found myself thinking, yes, people in the “real world” do talk just like that!

While certainly not plot-heavy (girl breaks up with guy, girl meets other guy, conversations ensue), No Heart Feelings is more of a reflection of a particular mindset of a generation– one that is easygoing, commitment-free, and perhaps just a tad bit self-involved and lost. Though this is by no means a cynical film– in fact, it reads like a quiet love letter to Toronto, and well, love itself. This may be difficult to detect at first, what with Mel and Chris poking fun at the city while talking poster designs, and Mel’s reluctance to welcome a new love in the form of a tall, blonde man named Lewis. However, the film also makes a point to illuminate the hidden gems of the city like its scenic bike routes, and stresses the importance of taking things in stride, day-by-day– and with the help of your loved ones, whether they be friends, family, or lovers.
Perhaps the only real drawback of the film is its lack of notable cinematography– though the aesthetic of its genre calls for natural (see: zero) lighting, certain scenes would have benefited from a light or two to properly showcase the actor’s expressions and their surroundings.
No Heart Feelings is a go-to film for anyone wondering if they are alone in their wandering– through its sincerity, wit, and simultaneously heart-breaking and heart-warming dialogue, the film reminds you that no, you are far from it.


Mel (Rebecca Kohler) is frustrated with her life, her love and her career. But breaking up with her long-distance boyfriend (Jonathan Goldstein) sets her on course for an unexpected summer romance. Her roommate Chris (Steve Murray) is grappling with work and love, too. And the rest of her friends are anxious about their own jobs, futures and haircuts. No Heart Feelings is the funny tale of a group of friends navigating their way through life in the city.

Set in a vibrant Toronto over the course of a lazy, sun-dappled summer, No Heart Feelings is a post- post coming of age story, a laugh-out-loud meditation on what it’s like to be nearing the end of your twenties without kids, mortgage or direction in life.


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Sennah Yee is a Toronto film student specializing in screenwriting. She has worked on various independent film sets as a script supervisor and an art director. Aside from consuming movies and television, she also enjoys live music, borrowed books, and good eats.