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An art film to the max, Heartbeats intriguing and appealing premise is sometimes buried by director Xavier Dolan's filmmaking flourishes.



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Xavier Dolan's sexy and stylish HEARTBEATS is a comic exploration of a romantically obsessed menage-a-trois. HEARTBEATS was a hit at the Cannes Film Festival, winning the Youth Prize, and an official selection of the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. Part farce, part exploration of the complexity of love and desire, HEARTBEATS centers on two close friends, Francis (Xavier Dolan) and Marie (Monia Chokri), who find themselves fighting for the affections of the same striking young man (Neils Schneider). The more intimate the trio becomes, the more unattainable the object of their infatuation seems, sending the friends' obsession into overdrive. -- (C) IFC Films

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Xavier Dolan
as Francis
Anne Dorval
as Désirée
Anne-Élisabeth Bossé
as Jeune femme #1
Olivier Morin
as Jeune homme #1
Éric Bruneau
as Jeune homme #2
Gabriel Lessard
as Jeune homme #3
Benedicte Decary
as Jeune femme #3
Patricia Tulasne
as Coiffeuse #1
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  • Jul 12, 2015
    A picture by Xavier Dolan that uses the often fatal flaw in the design of certain films; style over substance really works wonders for some reason in this one. The masses of slow motion movement, enormous cigarette budget and bountful soundtrack of indie and dream pop meanders steadily through the constant and mostly uninvolving plot. Heartbeats is a study of love from the other side of the window and explores obsession, confusion, alienation and all that other pretentious stuff. It's an amazing film full of amazing looking people and promising young talent, but its certainly not for everyone. It isn't P.S I Love You or Fatal Attraction. It's Dolan.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2013
    Despite being quite young, Dolan already has a very good understanding of hiw own generation. Smart, sexy and funny.
    Hugo S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2012
    A subtle piece of poetry like movie, Les Amours Imaginaires is one of those foreign cinema that will be remembered for a long time. This Quebec production is delicately artful with perfect choice of songs (Dalida's Bang Bang), cinematography and cast. Xavier Dolan did an amazing job on describing love, attachment, relationship and friendship in this complicated yet addictive whirlwind of life. 7.5/10.
    Mesh B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2012
    In "Heartbeats," Nicolas(Niels Schneider), a friend of a friend, is in Montreal after completing a temp job on an oil platform. Considering how handsome he is, it is no wonder that both Marie(Monia Chokri) and Francis(Xavier Dolan, who also writes and directs) are attracted to him. That's especially true after he formally invites them both to this place to watch a movie. After which, they all sleep in the same bed together. As dull and flat as "Heartbeats" is, the movie does make one valid point when Francis says that some vintage nostalgia should be done away with. Applying that to the French New Wave, I personally think it is alright to venerate those films, but not imitate them which is what is going on here with Dolan adding little of interest or personality of his own. The interviews serve no purpose except to test the zoom function on the camera and might have worked if they had all been about the same person, which would have complemented the rest of the film nicely. In fact, the movie turns completely on a single conceit that while it makes perfect sense could be read in two ways, both equally cruel. Instead, I would have preferred a positive message about how adults need to share, too.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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