Heartbeats 2011 NR

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Part farce, part exploration of the complexity of love and desire, Heartbeats centers on two close friends, Francis and Marie, who find themselves fighting for the affections of the same striking young man.

Starring:
Monia Chokri, Niels Schneider
Runtime:
1 hour, 41 minutes

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Equarioca on October 29, 2011
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This film has become one of my favorite films of all time. Every scene is crafted with so much care - through lighting, music and motion - that an apparently simple story about a love triangle becomes a much more complex narrative about our desire for the unattainable and the loss of the self through love. Xavier Dolan is not only a prodigious director and writer, but also an incredibly poignant actor who chose his two other protagonists perfectly.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 5, 2011
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This is a film from French Canadian Xavier Dolan, he writes, directs and stars as Francis. He is a young guy who has a friend Marie (Monia Chokri) and they both meet a newbie to the Montreal social scene in the shape of the Adonis like Nicolas (Niels Schneider). Francis is gay and Marie is gagging for it, so they both start acting like lovelorn puppies and show as much maturity as a bootleg whisky.

The effect he has on them is barely suppressed as they all pretend to get on and care for each other whilst in actual fact Marie is in open hostilities with Francis to garner young Nikki's affections. He seems oblivious but also a tad over tactile, which of course only adds fuel to the fire burning in everyone else's loins.

There are a lot of monologues to camera almost in an interview stylie, and the camera pans in and out like an amateur news man. This is obviously done for stylistic reasons, but some may find it acts more like an alienation device and tends to slow down the narrative.

Everyone smokes, which is great, all the acting is well above average and it oozes style. With lots of references and homage's to Katherine Hepburn and angora jumpers for good measure. The musical score is rather good too and the whole film has a sensuality that I normally associate with Italian cinema. As things come to a head (forgive the pun) the bitchiness is ramped up to levels where even high school girls would find challenging. You may also pick up some tips on the proper sensual way of eating a marshmallow too - if that is your thing.

This is a sensual, languorous tale of infatuation, jealousy and redemption and I really liked it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel S. on November 25, 2011
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Death in Venice meets In the Mood for Love (The Criterion Collection) here and the result is near perfect. Xavier Dolan explores the eminently romantic theme of the Ideal Love or, to be more correct, the Love of the Ideal. It's fresh, well observed and a lot more interesting than Dolan's first film. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ray Light on March 15, 2015
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Have you ever wrestled with the budding feelings of a potential love interest, while denying those same feelings so as to not compete with, or worse, break the heart of your best friend who may be falling for the very same person? Well even if you have not, you will be enthralled by the jealous competition and tender characterizations as well as the precocious skills of French Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan who directs, writes and stars. @kmptop10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kerjman on January 3, 2012
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Pal and gal are both attracted to a lad who gives advances to both of them - and later refuses either of them because of his true sex nature and a social awareness surely.

If something could be improved, it is an actress chosen, playing a much younger twenty five year old character, an age she passed visually years ago-it seems, she was a mother of one of characters played by the same male actors in I Killed My Mother ( J'ai tué ma mère ) .

Xavier Dolan is really it, anyway.
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First, I rented "I Killed My Mother". I ran to buy it and looked up Dolan's biography. I as astonished to find out that he was not only gay, but only 19 when he made it, a first effort that was recognized with a prize at the Cannes Film Festival. I decided to buy everything else he had done. This young man shows outstanding talent both as an actor and a director. This, his second film, is much lighter in mood than his first or third. He knows how to dance around his actors, allowing them the full expression of their talents. His are movies about the gay experience that do not hinge on violence or tragedy, both of which I consider part of the heterosexual take on gays. Yo will be duly satisfied.
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A 2010 Canadian drama “Heartbeats” (“Les Amours Imaginaires”) is so stylish (accompanied with nice soundtrack music) that you may almost forget that what the film’s star/writer/director Xavier Dolan, obviously talented, is trying to do could have been much better with his self-indulgent style.

This is a classic story of a love triangle with a bit of difference; two best friends Francis and Marie meet a handsome Nicolas and they both fall in love with him. The three persons’ initially sweet relationship takes a turn for the worse when the rivalry between Francis and Marie escalates without knowing.

Acting is excellent. Some scenes are so real that you may remember your own romance. However, slow motion, beautifully shot as it is, is overused. Interview section (a la “When Harry Met Sally…”) is too long. Perhaps I didn’t like the film very much because of the final five minutes that look superfluous.

“Heartbeats” (“Les Amours Imaginaires”) is an art-house film at its best and, to some viewers perhaps, worst.
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