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Heartbeats

3.8 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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It s hipster sexual politics filtered through the French New Wave in Xavier Dolan s critically acclaimed HEARTBEATS. When Francis (Dolan) and his best friend Marie (Monia Chokri) both fall for the same guy, all bets are off as they attempt to out-manoeuvre one another to win his affections. Or at least figure out what his sexual preferences are and who s got a shot. Writer-director Dolan was only twenty-one when he completed HEARTBEATS, his heartfelt and tender second feature.

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  • Actors: Xavier Dolan, Monia Chokri, Niels Schneider
  • Directors: Xavier Dolan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004XZ99I2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,713 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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One thing you can always say about French-Canadian auteur filmmaker and actor Xavier Dolan, his work leaves you pondering. Pondering on characters' true motivations and feelings, relationships, actions, etc, etc. And sometimes pondering on why the hell he put in that scene or filmed it that way. It definitely makes an impression.

It's not about plot. That's simple. Dolan and his fag-hag both fall for an Adonis and compete for his affection, which seems to be reciprocated in kind to both. Is he gay? Is he straight? Switchhitter? The contest reaches fever pitch at an outing in the country. Then things collapse. But that's not really where the story lies. It's in these two competitor's faces, their little nuances of dialog, their near self-flagellation of self-loathing in hopes of redemption by 'perfect love'. In fact, camera work is so focused on the actors' faces that full body shots are rare except in party scenes and the like. Interspersed throughout are documentary-style interviews relating the stories of failed relationships. These interviewees are not in the movie proper and are nearly devoid of emotion. Because they're also filmed from shoulders up, the contrast with the main characters' intensity is emphatic. The film's final scene (only seconds long), is as classic as when Charles Foster Kane's sled gets tossed into the furnace in "Citizen Kane" (though very different).

Fortunately the music is sung in French which obviates the banality of Sonny and Cher's "Bang, Bang". The costumes are excellent, nearly every actor qualifies as eye candy, and the scenes in the country are stunning, making "Heartbeats" a visual treat as well. There are no extras (Theatrical Trailer only).
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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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Love his films a amazing young up and comming true film maker. What is wrong with America not to know more about this young mans amazing insite. I am older but can definitely relate to all his amazing films. Espically, I Killed My Mother.
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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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