|Starring:||Xavier Dolan, Niels Schneider, Monia Chokri, Anne Dorval|
|Genres:||Drama, Gay/Lesbian, Romance, World Cinema|
|Original title||Les amours imaginaires|
|Run time:||1 hour 45 minutes|
|Rental release:||12 Sep 2011|
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Homme FataleBy FrankIV (534 reviews) from Cirencester, England , 15 Oct 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]At the centre of this film is a beautiful but easily bored and somewhat narcissistic young man - his own mother calls him an airhead - who exerts such charm on others that they become drawn to him and fall in love with him whilst he, although giving completely the opposite impression, remains aloof and indifferent. The more attached they become to him, the more detached he becomes, until, finally, he leaves them twisting in the wind and moves on to a new audience. The film shows the experiences of his latest two victims interspersed with the reminiscences of people who have previously suffered at his hands. What is confusing about that? It is a sharply observed and witty film with some cracking dialogue, and the fact that I have to access it through subtitles rather than being able to understand French directly is my own fault, not the film's. The performances are impeccable, and I shall be watching out for Monia Chokri, a new name to me, but excellent in this, brilliantly suggesting the neediness and pain beneath a would-be cynical and cool exterior. Don't be put off by the 'I didn't understand it therefore it's crap' school - rent it, watch it, enjoy it.
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What a talent!By Vieigi (16 reviews) , 14 Dec 2012Rented the movie after watching Laurence, Anyways a few days ago. Xavier Dolan is a great director and he is only 23!!! No way. Heartbeats is a beautiful, artistic movie and it helps you understand the director's world and obsessions. Btw, go watch Laurence, Anyways. The quality of his last film and the progress he has made are amazing.
GREAT ARTY FILMBy a customer , 03 Dec 2012Dolan's stylized film is entertaining and sensitive. Great acting on all parts and a good score. The story is easy to relate to and follow and carries a moral tone for us all. Watch out Hollywood Dolan is coming...
Stylish and sensitiveBy a customer , 12 Dec 2011This film wont be for all tastes but if you like world cinema and are prepared to stick with the slowish start, youll find yourself wanting to know what happens. Frank and Marie, two friends, meet Nico at a dinner party. Nico is gorgeous and he knows it and both Frank and Marie are attracted to him. I wont give the plot away but pay close attention to the scenes where unknown characters are talking about their broken relationships.
There are several things I really liked about this film. The very stylish shots of Marie walking in slow motion in her vintage garb were a treat. The scene where Frank and Marie are talking about Nicos mother at the party when theyre dancing under the flashing lights had me laughing out loud. The final showdown between Marie and Nico is excruciatingly embarrassing and nothing gets lost in translation.
Heartbeats, the filmBy a customer , 24 Oct 2011From the haunting, beautifully sung music to the beautiful people, the film showed you what the characters were feeling. What deep emotions! A feel good movie.
DON`T BOTHER!!!By Funlovinguy (67 reviews) from Derbyshire UK , 15 Oct 2011Agree totally with 'So Confusing'-
Complete waste of time too many characters doing nothing but talking.No plot,no action-sweet nothing! But the music`s not bad!
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