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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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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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Ugh. What is with this filmmaker? I gave this a shot, along with I Killed My Mother. Both were absolutely baseless -- no character motivation, no useful background or... Read morePublished 6 months ago by MS
But I couldn't even like it. I really adored Xavier Dolan's style, and enjoyed his first film, I Killed My Mother, but this one did nothing for me. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Vanessa Clark
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,... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Alfredo R. Villanueva
this is a wonderfully original film by a brilliant young writer-director who is making his mark on the world stage. Read morePublished 18 months ago by tito shaw
Although the cinematography is something to salivate for, the overall plot was weak and offensively derivative of other "threesome" films made in the past. Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by S. Salcedo
A great movie! It has excellent cinematography and a beautiful and precise music selection.
A must for all those who are in love.
I read a review that called this film "hipster sexual politics" which is exactly what it is (by way of French Canada,) but it is a masterfully crafted portrait of relationships,... Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by mattkjackson
I'm so glad I bought this. It came in perfect condition with everything I wanted. I just wish it came with some dvd features!Published on July 24, 2012 by alley cat