Love Songs Reviews

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October 18, 2008
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.
October 18, 2008
It's a story which Honor 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.
July 9, 2008
This inexpressibly tender and lovely picture suggests that [Honor's] developing into a major talent, one who can make the spirit of classic French movies come alive in a new world.
June 6, 2008
As dark as these themes seem, in Honor's capable hands, they become almost frothy and the perfect elements for a surprisingly joyous musical.
June 5, 2008
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.
May 22, 2008
You'll laugh. You'll swoon.
May 2, 2008
Love Songs finds the magic that the great screen musicals have -- the way a sad song can nonetheless leave an audience happy, or the way two voices blending seems to create something so much bigger.
April 4, 2008
Whereas Umbrellas of Cherbourg has become timeless in its depiction of romance, Love Songs strikes a strongly contemporary note in its calm acceptance of the fluidity of desire and emotion.
March 21, 2008
So French you may have to buy your ticket in euros, Christophe Honor's musical trifle feels ready-made for emotionally woozy undergraduates.
March 20, 2008
Love Songs is definitely daring, but too much of it seems calculated to lead up to a final line about how to guard against grief: 'Love me less, but love me a long time.'
March 20, 2008
For a film roiling with so much turmoil of the heart, Love Songs generates dismayingly little emotional frisson.
March 20, 2008
Honor's Demy-glazed attempt to stage a contemporary romantic musical rarely attains the genre's giddy heights or sense of genuine catharsis.
March 19, 2008
The melodies in Love Songs are charming and so, for the most part, is the movie, even if it doesn't entirely work.
March 19, 2008
Boy loves girl and sings about it, boy loses girl to tragedy and sings about it, then boy considers the possibility of new love with a new boy and sings about it -- and the whole thing works, in a delirious French way.
March 17, 2008
[Director Christophe] Honor has proven you can make a movie musical in which style doesn't upstage content -- a movie musical that blossoms from the inside out.
March 16, 2008
The love affairs of the film's characters aren't merely expressions of fluid sexual desire but an acknowledgement of the interconnectedness of human life.
December 14, 2007
Stylish, but that doesn't really make up for the drifting plot, or the lack of insight and conviction.
December 14, 2007
In a would-be sexy romp full of rumoured threesomes, there's nowhere near enough actual flesh on display.
December 14, 2007
You need a sweet tooth for this kind of thing and Garrel really is turning into the most irritating actor in the world, hyperactively clowning around and generally behaving like the Big Brother contestant from hell.
December 13, 2007
The songs are poor, the faddishness (folk parading books passim, la Godard) and Garrel's performance are irritating, and only Chiara Mastroianni as a grieving sister brings any real sense of conviction to her role.
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