In Diane Bell’s sophomore feature, Bleeding Heart, Jessica Biel stars as May, a reserved yoga instructor whose life is thrown off course when she meets her half-sister, Shiva (Zosia Mamet), for the first time. Spiritual and sweet May quickly gets swept up in trying to save sex-worker Shiva not only from herself, but also from her abusive pimp boyfriend, leading to dangerous results.
I won’t lie, at first I wanted to smack May and tell her to stop helping this random girl she barely knows simply because they share DNA, but that’s just me. I guess that shows I’m not really as good of a person as May is and given how much trouble her “bleeding heart” brings her maybe that’s a good thing. But, it is compelling to see how both sisters, although the complete opposite of each other- May is at peace with her life while Shiva is living a chaotic one, are drawn to each other and the film did eventually suck me into their high stakes drama.