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Love Songs (2007)

Ludivine Sagnier , Jean-Marie Winling , Christophe Honor  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Ludivine Sagnier, Jean-Marie Winling, Brigitte Roan, Chiara Mastroianni, Louis Garrel
  • Directors: Christophe Honor
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Ifc
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DJ7PUA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,079 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Christophe Honoré further makes a case as one of the most exciting filmmakers of our generation with the exuberant and tender Love Songs (Les Chansons D'Amour), a modern day musical told through unforgettable songs sung entirely by the cast. In the hope of sparking their stalled relationship, Ismaël (Louis Garrel, Dans Paris, The Dreamers) and Julie (Ludivine Sagnier, Swimming Pool) enter a playful yet emotionally laced threesome with Alice (Clotilde Hesme, Regular Lovers). When tragedy strikes, these young Parisians are forced to deal with the fragility of life and love.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Romantic, funny, sad, moving August 31, 2008
Format:DVD
Ismael (Louis Garrel, the Gallic version of the adorable young Hugh Grant), lives with Julie (Ludivine Sagnier). Alice (Clotilde Hesme), who works with Ismael, shares their bed and Julie's affections. On a night of tragedy, Jeanne, unawares, hooks up with Gwendal (Yannick Renier), whose teen-aged brother Erwann (Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet) turns out to be the only one who can bring a shattered Ismael back to life, in the most romantic man-on-man love scene since Rupert Grave's Alec Scudder climbed through Maurice's bedroom window 20 years ago. With rain-slicked streets, coffee and cigarettes, references to a dozen French classics, a haunting score and the best balcony scene since "Romeo and Juliet," this low-budget charmer, which has become a cult favorite in France with the under-25 set, is an "Umbrellas of Cherbourg" for the 21st Century.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...And now for something COMPLETELY different... September 26, 2010
By Sue B.
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I caught this film one night on the IFC and although I usually dislike subtitled movies because I get distracted from the action by having to read....I watched it and WOW. The French really know how to make a musical in the non-conformist way. Songs are blended into scenes as casually as breathing and the plots and subplots of each characters stories just weave into each other in a playful way. All of the actors do their own songs in whatever voice they have which gives a "realness" to it and the twists in the story are interesting.
It's a case of boy meets girl meets girl till death us do part and then everyone realizes what boy really wants.
If you like cine-art type films and are not going to roll your eyes when the characters calmly start singing their lines and threesomes, homosexuality and bisexuality don't freak you out...then by all means buy this film to add to your collection. I did after viewing on cable and I love it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic in its genre December 22, 2008
By lorenzo
Format:DVD
Even if the French/English translation is not 100% acurate - even if the poetry has been lost in translation - this movie is a real Classico/modern sex tale of 2008.
A love triangle - sadness and love are the main theme of the movie
Great Paris shots - color and black and white - the streets - cafes - cigarettes .............. you are transported in Paris by nights most of the time.
It is the photography and musicality that makes this movie a piece of art - sometimes compared to the "parapluies de cherbourg" because of the songs styles - but for the rest we are in 2008 and deep in it.
This is VERY french, with a real style that is unique and will probably be a Classic in its genre.
If you want a trip to Paris with love stories - this is the one to get
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely September 6, 2008
By Charlus
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It took me two viewings to warm up to this film: two love stories, one of which takes a tragic turn. The songs sounded mostly indistinguishable initially and like many French musicals, the actors were left to flounder in their movements while singing. But the depth of emotion rang increasingly true, the plot twists felt unforced and ultimately I was won over by its charm, its sweetness (without being cloying) and its sadness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely July 1, 2008
By Charlus
Format:DVD
It took me two viewings to warm up to this film: two love stories, one of which takes a tragic turn. The songs sounded mostly indistinguishable initially and like many French musicals, the actors were left to flounder in their movements while singing. But the depth of emotion rang increasingly true, the plot twists felt unforced and ultimately I was won over by its charm, its sweetness (without being cloying)and its sadness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I loved this film from the get-go. It's a wittily crafted set of intertwining love stories, as well as a sly commentary on modern life. The vistas of Paris are wonderfully shot and give a great sense of being in the city. I thought the acting was quite good.

I agree with the reviewer "Charlus" that at very first listen, the music may come across to some as not all that distinctive, but if you like musicals to any degree at all, and you essentially like pop music, you will probably find that the music stays in your head, and it grows on you. Also, if you speak French as I do, you'll appreciate the music all the more, because the lyrics are very clever and well-written. It's the English subtitles that are often a bit unfortunately and inaccurately translated, IMO. At least to some degree, I suppose this was done for the sake of maintaining rhyme in the subtitles. Too bad this DVD is not yet available in the States... there must be legal issues that are being worked out with regard to rights and such, because it makes no sense, as this movie fills a very distinctive niche and has something of a cult following. It has been shown in art house cinemas all over the country, even in places like Montgomery, Ala. So I'm sure it will eventually be released here. If you look around, though, you'll find that you can get it from international sources. I'd try Canadian sources rather than French ones, though, if you want the DVD to play in your Zone 1 player. Last time I looked, it was available on Amazon.ca, for example. You'll pay more in shipping and such, so you may want to wait until Amazon offers it in the US for $19.99 or whatever. I decided it was worth paying a premium to go ahead and get it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming confection of a film December 12, 2008
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This is perhaps Honore's most accessible film to date, even though it is a polyamorous musical. Louis Garrel continues to impress and the smaller roles of Sagnier and Hesme are given ample room to shine as well. The music is beautiful, particularly the song about the Bastille, sung by Sagnier's character and her family in an opening scene. The even smaller roles of the family members are exquisite. I particularly felt for Mastroianni's character (spelling?)... please watch this film if you are a fan of french cinema, and want to escape reality for some bittersweet Parisian confection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool musical (Parisian style)
Since the first time I saw this movie I felt in love with the plot and the 10eme arrondissement in Paris
Published 10 days ago by Alex Giron Gordillo
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly a Favourite
You know, critically you can find a million things to criticize this movie on, but for me, these things just didn't factor in to how much I loved this little film. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Victoria
2.0 out of 5 stars Take the title literally
Take the title literally - the characters keep breaking into song - long songs. It's a novel way to handle a plot but I didn't care for it, though I see it's value. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tinypaws
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my first choice
The story line was thin and the characters were not fully developed. It was difficult to get involved in the film.
Published 7 months ago by Keiko
2.0 out of 5 stars Weird plot
The songs in this musical are not bad but the plot is really weird. I watch a lot of French and other foreign movies and know that they can be quite different from American movies. Read more
Published 8 months ago by svetspen
3.0 out of 5 stars Movies and TV are so subjective
If you're so high on life, in love, or just don't give a care if you're bummed out, then this is a good film for you.
Published 8 months ago by LiamC
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic French film
It is a beautiful French film. I watch it often and share it with friends frequently. I love the music. It reminds me of the Umbrellas of Cherbourg. It is a film worth owning.
Published 9 months ago by Monk
1.0 out of 5 stars Menage a What?
A superficial look at ménage a trois. It lacks subtlety and is laughable in a bad way. They break into songs on a whim.
Published 10 months ago by Perrier
1.0 out of 5 stars Dudd for me
Not what I was expecting. Must not have read the description right, so I did not enjoy it at all.
Published 11 months ago by pta50
1.0 out of 5 stars Art house...
I enjoy small films - sometimes a lot. Unfortunately, this was not one of them. I had no problems with the subtitles or the sexuality. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Nurse Bill
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