Love Songs

2007, Lgbtq+/Romance, 1h 35m

57 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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

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Ismael (Louis Garrel) and Julie (Ludivine Sagnier) lead a blissfully romantic existence in Paris and are as likely to sing their thoughts as speak them. They meet a variety of equally passionate young people as they wander through the dream-like city, and they invite Alice (Clotilde Hesme) into their lives and into their bed. The delicate balance of their idyllic world is threatened when death intrudes unexpectedly, challenging them to keep love alive through loss and mourning.

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  • 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.
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