‘Buster’s Mal Heart’: Film Review | TIFF 2016
‘Mr. Robot’s’ Rami Malek plays multiple roles (sort of) in Sarah Adina Smith’s study of paranoia and loss.
A psychological puzzle dramatizing the difficulties of fleeing from both society and oneself at the same time, Sarah Adina Smith’s Buster’s Mal Heart offers three views of a very damaged man. Fans of Mr. Robot won’t be disappointed in the least by this vehicle for Emmy-winning series star Rami Malek, which both fits in with Mr. Robot‘s delusion-prone paranoia and lets the charismatic actor stretch out in his first feature lead. But the picture’s art house appeal goes further than that, demonstrating Smith’s cinematic intelligence and an acute sympathy for alienated characters.