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Jamie Morgan is an aspiring photographer who has very prominent birthmarks on his face (which is shaped like a heart) and arm. He tries living a normal life, but is continually stared at and teased by various people. He receives a summons to a dilapidated flat block and given a chance by the sinister Papa B to be rid of his marks for a price. Jamie takes it and feels much more confident and happy in his life, getting a chance at a relationship with aspiring model Tia. However, he must hold up his end of the deal with Papa B and is forced to cut out a man's heart and place it on a church's steps or suffer the consequences.

A very well done indie film and star turn by [[Film/AcrossTheUniverse Jim Sturgess]]. While having a simple story, it's very well written and acting and can be genuinely frightening at several points.

Not to be confused with TheHeartless.

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!!This film contains examples of:

* ApologeticAttacker: Jamie when he cuts out the heart of the prostitute.
* BeatStillMyHeart: Jamie's end of the bargain is for him to cut out a man's heart and leave it on the steps of a church on the night of a full moon.
* BuryYourGays: For his sacrifice, Jamie finds a gay prostitute on the streets to kill.
* DealWithTheDevil: Done between Jamie to get rid of his birthmarks.
* DisappearedDad: Jamie's dad is mentioned to at least vanished or dead.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: The film's major songs were written by director Phillip Ridley and his friends in order to save money.
* FateWorseThanDeath: "Unhappily ever after, mate!", considering what Papa B does to Jamie..
* FreakinessShame: It's revealed that [[spoiler:Tia still slept with Jamie despite him still having his birthmarks.]]
* [[spoiler: GainaxEnding: '''And how'''. After TheReveal that Jamie never lost his birthmarks, he also ends up pacing together that the "demons" he saw were just a violent gang obsessed with Molotov cocktails and Belle was ''just'' a girl he saw in a news report. Plus the fact he reunites with his father in the end makes it more weirder if Papa B really ''is'' a demon or was it just in his damaged mind]].
* {{Jerkass}}: [[spoiler: Perfection]].
** Pretty much ''everyone'' that isn't Jamie, Tia, Belle, and Jamie's parents
* KubrickStare: Jamie has a rather unnerving one.
* LizardFolk: The demons, [[spoiler: at least until the reveal]].
* LouisCypher: Papa B, especially in the end.
* ManOnFire: Happens three times during the film, [[spoiler: even with the ending]].
* [[spoiler: MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Were there really demons? Did Jamie really see demons? Was it all in his mind? The film is pretty vague about this]].
* MoralityPet: Jamie's father and girlfriend, which helps with [[spoiler: helping Jamie pass on]].
* ShowerOfAngst: Jamie takes one after he completes his end of the bargain.
* StartOfDarkness: [[spoiler:subverted, as it never happened. [[MindScrew Maybe.]]]]
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: [[spoiler:At the film's end, it's revealed that Jamie imagined all the supernatural elements of the film, meaning that he never lost his birthmarks.]]

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