Mary Poppins Returns
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It leaves behind a nagging feeling, a suggestion there's more to the story than its story.
Despite a slow start and jarring narration, "3 Hearts" entertains with its melodramatic amour fou.
A tasteful, mildly intriguing romantic drama from writer-director Benoît Jacquot.
3 Hearts" brings together an all-star team of French actresses in a movie about a love triangle that could not be more French unless everyone smoked more.
A French romantic drama directed as though it were a thriller.
The overwrought plot mechanics are exasperating, but the lead actresses' exquisitely modulated performances get under the skin.
Ultimately, there are too many confusing and laughable stylistic choices that make 3 Hearts anything but forgettable.
I did not feel anybody's heart beating ... but those strings kept me moderately invested in a pair of sisters and the moppet tax inspector they loved.
A film that implies the basic paradox that drives it: unglamorous and low-profile creatures are assaulted, shaken and devastated by mad love. [Full review in Spanish]
A film with an amazing cast. [Full review in Spanish]
The casting is perfect and well used to get the most out of the story. [Full review in Spanish]
The perfect mix of an emotional drama and a thriller. [Full review in Spanish]
"3 Hearts" starts with Marc(Benoit Poelvoorde), a tax accountant, missing the last train back to Paris. To console himself, he gets a drink and then asks Sylvie(Charlotte Gainsbourg) about local hotels. They bond so well that they agree to meet in Paris in a few days' time. Except Marc cannot make it due to heart trouble. So, Sylvie leaves with her boyfriend Christophe(Patrick Mille) to go to Minneapolis. That leaves her sister Sophie(Chiara Mastroianni) in charge of the family antiques business and in bad need of tax help. That's where Marc comes in, being back in town on business.
So, I'm sure all of that sounds cute and/or romantic to you, right? But not to director Benoit Jacquot who sees the emotional pain in such a delicate setup, illustrated best by a musical score that is straight out of a horror movie.(That's not to mention the casting of Charlotte Gainsbourg who has starred in three Lars Von Trier movies.) For example, these are two 30ish sisters who both have no trouble with leaving long term relationships at the drop of a hat or a reasonably charming stranger, although in the case of Sylvie that would also involve giving up Minneapolis for Paris. Granted, not all of it works, especially a third act subplot that goes nowhere, but it's still an intriguing movie nonetheless.
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