Love Songs

2008

Love Songs

Critics Consensus

Love Songs is hampered by a lack of focus, but held together by Honore's deft direction and an engaging cast.

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78%

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Though Love Songs (aka Les Chansons d'Amour) is not a film operetta per se, director Christophe Honoré and composer/lyricist/vocalist Alex Beaupain use that film to pay homage to the French movie musical as conceived by Jacques Demy in his classic Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (1967). The Honoré film concerns a series of hopelessly romantic Parisian characters who are unable to convey their feelings to one another in everyday situations, and who thus use musical numbers as outlets -- as vehicles of emotional expression. Beaupain composed the score; a number of the songs that are included appeared on one of his solo albums. The individual stories covered in the film tell age-worn tales as old as time: the loss of love, the discovery of new love, the impossibility of mutual love. The film stars Louis Garrel, Ludivine Sagnier, Chiara Mastroianni, Clotilde Hesme, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Brigitte Roüan, Jean-Marie Winling, and Yannick Renier.

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Critic Reviews for Love Songs

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (20)

  • Conceived by Honore as a tribute to a dead friend, the helmer is perhaps too close to his subject, never quite able to bring himself to linger on the grief that should be at pic's core.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Jay Weissberg

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • It's a story which Honoré describes as personal, so we must assume that there is some truth at least in the premise. But the decision to set the story to music undermines the emotional honesty that the piece might otherwise have had.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • This inexpressibly tender and lovely picture suggests that [Honoré's] developing into a major talent, one who can make the spirit of classic French movies come alive in a new world.

    Jul 9, 2008
  • As dark as these themes seem, in Honoré's capable hands, they become almost frothy and the perfect elements for a surprisingly joyous musical.

    Jun 6, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Yes, it's weird. But it's wild card weird, with that thrill of never knowing what's coming next or when these Parisians are going to get musical on us.

    Jun 5, 2008 | Full Review…
  • You'll laugh. You'll swoon.

    May 22, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Love Songs

  • Jul 26, 2016
    The songs are mostly nice (when the lyrics are not so irritatingly pretentious), but the film seems to wander around without a clear sense of purpose, conviction and focus, while also being way too bleak and downbeat for its own good with its blueish, monotonous visuals.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2011
    While it never remotely aproaches the greats of "Les Parapluies de Cherbourgh", which it borrows heavily from, it is a charming little musical with a surprise twist at the end.
    Matheus C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2011
    A morbid French film about some beautiful, sexually ambivalent, young people dealing with the aftermath of an unavoidable tragedy. The film reminded this viewer of Romance and Cigarettes, with the characters breaking into song at various points in the story. While that could be jarring, the songs did seem to move the narrative along. The cast was well chosen. This viewer thought the older sister, Jeanne (Chiara Mastroianni) was particularly well drawn. One sensed her grief and longing although it was never explicitly expressed. Some aspects of the story might cause a bit of discomfort, but overall the story played quite high on the believability meter. The scenery was somewhat drab, even though the entire story took place in Paris, because it focused on the working class neighborhood where the characters lived and never really focused on the icons of the Paris skyline. An interesting film because of the different approach taken here, but one that could easily annoy, as well, for those who have a low tolerance for the musical format. Another three and a half stars, rounded down.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2010
    A French language filmed in Montreal. I liked it mainly for the music in the beginning and middle portion. I caught it on the Sundance channel but missed the beginning. I tried to follow the plot, but no real point to that. The characters seem more like a flight of sexual fantasy than grounded in real experience. I wish NF would offer a category filmed in Montreal I can think of several movie that were filmed there that had a very raw unique feel. The Freshman 1990, The Red Violin 1998, The Heist 2001, Catch Me If You Can 2002, Confession of a Dangerous Mind 2003, The Human Stain 2003, The Aviator 2004, Taking Lives 2004, Lucky Number Sliven 2006. I don’t know if it’s the atmosphere, the water or the people who are open to filming there, but I visited several times myself and like it.
    Bill C Super Reviewer

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