Film noir, almost by definition, implies seduction--usually a loner guy tempted by a dangerous dame, lured deeper and deeper by a siren's call to crime, deceit and doom. LONELY HEARTS is refreshing in its effective gender inversion: here a woman falls hard for the wrong man.
She's Alma Bates (Beverly D'Angelo), one of life's wallflowers. Pretty but overlooked, she lives with her grandmother Annie (Herta Ware), works at a Social Security office when not attending meetings of her self-help group for compulsive overeaters, and that's about it for night life. In
desperation, Alma turns to the personals ads in the LA Weekly for companionship and links up with ...