The Broken Hearts Gallery finds romance in Toronto
Geraldine Viswanathan and Dacre Montgomery fell in love with Trinity Bellwoods and Bang Bang Ice Cream while shooting in town
By Radheyan Simonpillai
Sep 14, 2020
Courtesy of Elevation Pictures
Dacre Montgomery (left) and Geraldine Viswanathan pull up a seat in The Broken Hearts Gallery.
The Broken Hearts Gallery star Geraldine Viswanathan has a tendency to own everything she’s in.
The Australian actor stole scenes in Blockers and Bad Education from co-stars John Cena and Hugh Jackman. As my colleague Norm Wilner says in his review, Viswanathan eclipses everyone in Broken Hearts Gallery – heartthrob Dacre Montgomery included.
In an interview with NOW, Broken Hearts writer and director Natalie Krinsky describes Viswanathan as “Lucille Ball but for today.” Conveniently, the young star plays Lucy, a wannabe art curator and a hopeless romantic who collects tokens from past relationships. She turns that collection into an Instagram sensation and then a gallery. The latter is not unlike the Museum Of Broken Relationships exhibit from Croatia, which passed through Toronto while the movie was being shot.
Meet Broken Hearts director Natalie Krinsky
Krinsky is a Canadian who spent her childhood in Hamilton before moving to Manhattan as a teen. She took inspiration from that touring show and virtual museum. When she wrote the movie over a decade ago, she was a struggling screenwriter who had broken up with a boyfriend, lost a job and was moving apartments.
“I was sorting through the detritus of my life,” says Krinsky, who just gave birth to her second child days before the interview. She heard about the Museum Of Broken Relationships just as she was starting to write the film. “It all conspired together at that moment.”
In the videos below, Krinsky and her stars talk about what makes Toronto a rom-com locale. Viswanathan also discusses what it means to be the latest comic star with Tamil ancestry after Aziz Ansari, Mindy Kaling and Canada’s Maitreyi Ramakrishnan.
Radheyan's first assignment for NOW was reviewing the Ice Cube heist comedy First Sunday. That was back in January 2008. Born in Sri Lanka and raised in Scarborough, Rad currently lives in Leslieville with his wife and two adorable kids.