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Heartbeats is Xavier Dolan’s second film, and his second to be featured at Cannes. He’s also just 22 (21 when this released in Canada, and 20 when his debut I Killed My Mother came out). If that doesn’t intrigue you to watch this (as well as cause a little envy), I don’t know what will.
While I Killed My Mother was a more personal and dramatic film, Heartbeats is light-hearted, and very funny. It follows best friends Francis (Dolan) and Marie (Chokri) as they both fall in love with the new guy in town, Nicolas (Schneider). Unknowingly, they begin to compete with each other to get closer to him, while his sexual preference remains a mystery for most of the film.
Heartbeats has a quirky sense of humour, which won’t be to everyone’s taste, »
Xavier Dolan is having a tough time getting into America. The night before we were scheduled to speak, his flight was stuck in Montreal as a result of the snow that's blanketed New York in recent months and as a result, he missed out on wining and dining the likes of John Cameron Mitchell, amongst others, at the film's U.S. premiere, though in his apology, he noted not only the circumstances that prevented him from attending the gala, but also the ones that have kept his first film "I Killed My Mother" from reaching the States after causing a sensation at Cannes, where it picked up an unheard of three prizes for the story of a gay teen who routinely clashes with his ma.
Thanks to a "distributor of questionable professionalism," the French-Canadian director's neighbors down south have had to wait another two years for Dolanmania to commence, but »
- Stephen Saito
A native of Montreal, Dolan is a former child actor who wrote and directed his first film, I Killed My Mother, at age 20, after dropping out of university. That movie, a semi-autobiographical tale of coming out which debuted at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard sidebar, won three awards at the 2009 festival, including the Regards Jeune given to young filmmakers of great promise.
A stylized depiction of hopelessly “imaginary” love, Xavier Dolan’s sophomore feature Heartbeats (which also premiered at Cannes) trails a pair of close friends—witty, Audrey Hepburn manqué Marie (Monia Chokri) and sweet-faced Francis (Dolan)—who simultaneously crush out on tousle-haired Nicolas (Niels Schneider), a dreamy new acquaintance whose Adonis-like physical beauty and bedroom-ready manner drive them into a passive-aggressive rivalry for his affection. Although the love-triangle motif evokes films as diverse as Jules et Jim and Y tu mamá también, Dolan’s dazzling slo-mo fantasy sequences »
- Damon Smith
Montreal-based actor and filmmaker Xavier Dolan was only 20 when his semi-autobiographical 2009 feature debut, I Killed My Mother, won three awards in the Directors' Fortnight section at Cannes. A talented whippersnapper to say the least, the not-yet-22-year-old Dolan again wrote, directed and stars in the hip romantic drama-cum-farce Heartbeats (Les Amours imaginaires), which premieres in limited release this Friday:
Francis (Xavier Dolan) and Marie (Monia Chokri) are close friends. One day, during a lunch, they meet Nicolas (Niels Schneider), a young man from the country newly arrived in town. As one rendezvous leads troublingly to another—whether real or imagined, the signs are all bad—each of the two friends slides deeper into obsessive fantasies around the same object of desire. And the deeper they slide, the more their once cast-iron friendship begins to crack under the pressure of competing for the new kid on the block.
Xavier Dolan's second film, »
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