Heart Breaks Open

Heart Breaks Open

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A model queer activist and poet, Jesus (Maximillian Davis) prides himself in his work with the Seattle LGBT community. At the same time, Jesus is having unprotected sex and cheating on his long-time partner Johnny (Samonte Cruz). Jesus's world implodes when he discovers that he is HIV positive, him to confront his innermost fears, his relationship with his ex-boyfriend, and a future living with HIV. Faced with the unknown, Jesus is pulled from the brink of self-destruction by Sister Alysa Trailer (Brian Peters), a drag nun who leads him down a path of self-discovery.

Reasons to Buy

  1. Heart Breaks Open won "Best Picture" at the Red Wasp Film Festival.
  2. "It could be the festival's most challenging work, and a must-see if you are ever able to track it down." Film Confessional.com
  3. "Heart Breaks Open is filled with lovely, understated performances, but the takeaway star is director Rain, whose confident style gives the film its idiosyncratic soul and an entrancing rhythm." The Stranger.com


  • Director: Billie Rain
  • Producer: Basil Shadid
  • Writer: Billie Rain
  • Writer: Basil Shadid
  • Length: 1 hrs. 21 mins.
  • Rating: NR
  • Released: Sep 16 2015
  • Production Year: 2011
  • TLA SKU: 1754945
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • UPC Code: 807839005950
  • Catalog #: DR3279182


2 Reviews for Heart Breaks Open

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Review by Scott Cranin

By: Scott Cranin
In-House Review - Nov 30 2011
Bursting with the raw energy of an almost cinema-verite-like feel and gorgeous poetic narration, Hearts Break Open is a stunningly moving film from director/co-writer Billie Rain and cinematographer/co-writer/producer Basil Shadid. Not shying away fr... Read More

Review by Amos Lassen

By: Amos Lassen
Jesus (Maximillian Davis) is a queer activist whose world blows up when he discovers that he is HIV positive. He must now deal with his worst fears, his relationship with his ex-boyfriend and living a life with HIV. He had been having unprotected sex... Read More

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