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The word "melodrama" tends to be used as a pejorative these days, and that's because there are few movies or TV shows that execute the specifics of the genre well. When it works, an accomplished melodrama allows the audience to fully invest in the emotional lives of its characters, even if the plot machinations are manipulative or don't hold up under close scrutiny. It's a genre powered by performance and atmosphere, and it requires committed work by the actors, an assured handle on tone by the director, and a script that can allow suspension of disbelief to stretch but not break. And while it's not perfect, and though at times you can see rigging of the structure, Benoît Jacquot's "Three Hearts" is a satisfying melodrama about love at first sight, the cruelty of fate, and passion that never fades. The film kicks off with a "Before Sunrise"-like prologue. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Benoît Jacquot’s Three Hearts (3 coeurs) with Benoît Poelvoorde, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve, premiered in competition in Venice and now screens in Toronto before opening in France next week. "It’s a carefully made film but not a patch on, say, Claire Denis’s similar Vendredi soir," finds Sight & Sound editor Nick James. But at the Av Club, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky argues that "Jacquot is trying—successfully—to tease out the sense of danger and tension most romances sorely lack." We have more reviews and the trailer. » - David Hudson »
Directed by Benoit Jacquot
French filmmaker Benoit Jacquot often crops up in discussions of overlooked auteurs of contemporary French cinema. His work is quiet, understated and rarely find a wide audience. Yet, efforts like Farewell my Queen, A Single Girl and The School of Flesh are heralded among the best French efforts of their respective years. However, for every effort that wins the heart of niche audiences, the rest of his films are divisive and alienating. While perhaps a lack of consistency is working against him, many of his contemporaries are even bigger gambles: Francois Ozon is responsible for some beautiful films, but more of his efforts were outright misses and even heavy weights like Assayas deliver as many misses as successes. Perhaps it is the quietness of Jacquot’s style that works against him, his best efforts coming across »
- Justine Smith
★★☆☆☆Director Benoît Jacquot returns to the Venice Lido with Three Hearts (2014), a slickly presented and thespy relationship drama which flounders on its own lack of originality, humourlessness and absence of credibility. Marc (Benoît Poelvoorde, in his second film of the festival), a tax inspector from Paris, misses his train and finds himself trapped in a provincial town for the night. A chance encounter with a woman Sylvie (the obligatory Charlotte Gainsbourg) leads to a Before Sunrise-style wander through the streets until sunset. The encounter is chaste and coy - they neither exchange names nor phone numbers - but the two are obviously attracted to each other and arrange to meet in Paris at a fountain.
- CineVue UK
In one of the banner deals on a high-profile title at this year’s Venice Film Festival, Cohen Media Group has acquired U.S. rights to “Three Hearts” starring Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Benoit Poelvoorde.
Renewing Cmg’s love affair with French cinema, “Three Hearts” is described by the New York distributor as “a modern twist on classic romantic melodramas, from ‘An Affair To Remember’ to ‘Before Sunrise.’”
Written by Jacquot and Julien Boivent, “3 Hearts” turns on Marc, a tax official who meets Sylvie in a provincial town after missing the last train back to Paris. They wander the streets until morning, talking about everything – except themselves. They arrange to meet again in Paris but misfortune befalls Marc and he fails to make the date. »
- John Hopewell
Three Hearts is an immensely watchable French potboiler with three excellent leads in Benoit Poelvoorde (also seen in Venice in The Price Of Fame), Charlotte Gainsbourg (also here in the extended cut of Nymphomaniac I and Nymphomaniac II), and Chiara Mastroianni (also in The Price Of Fame).
Poelvoorde plays Marc, a tax auditor who, stressed out, is pacing the streets of Lyon one night when he runs into Sylvie (Gainbourg). They have an immediate attraction towards one another but, instead of rashly acting out on it, they promise to meet in Paris the next Friday, at 6:00Pm. Sylvie goes home to her long-suffering boyfriend and announces that she’s fallen in love with someone. The »
More than 40 years ago, at the outset of his filmmaking career, Benoit Jacquot worked as an assistant director to the great French novelist and helmer Marguerite Duras, and now, with “Three Hearts,” he has made a film that feels more indebted to her romantic values than anything else in his oeuvre. Here, beneath the surface of a cool, contempo love triangle involving a Parisian man (Benoit Poelvoorde) and a pair of provincial French sisters (played by Charlotte Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroianni), are all the values Duras held dear: love at first sight, spontaneous tears, all-consuming desire and impossible, self-destructive decisions.
The difference — since it’s entirely possible that the Duras connection never crossed Jacquot’s mind — is that the helmer can’t help but turn these archetypes into characters. The passion remains, but the underlying poetry has been traded in for something more tangible, brought down to earth so that audiences might relate. »
- Peter Debruge
Benoît Jacquot is a festival veteran, last doing the rounds with 2012's costume drama "Farewell, My Queen." Now he's back with a more contemporary tale, riffing on an old theme, while rounding some exciting talent to tell his story. The film is called "Three Hearts," and with screenings at Venice and Tiff coming up soon, the first trailer has dropped. Benoît Poelvoorde, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve star in the film, which Jacquot co-wrote and directed, about a love triangle that develops between a man and two sisters. After Marc has a fling in small town France with Sylvie, he meets Sophie, falls deeply in love, and marries her. The twist? Sophie and Sylvie are close siblings, and when all is revealed, the drama cranks up a few notches. Intriguing stuff, with a great cast to take it on, so we'll keep an eye out. Watch the trailer below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The only way is ethics for Man Bites Dog, a pseudo-documentary, which focuses its lens on the media’s obsession with on-screen violence and so-called “Reality TV” and our obsession with watching it. It is probably the most controversial film in Belgian history, and it continues to repel and intrigue audiences in equal measure.
Written, directed and produced by Remy Belvaux, Andre Bonzel and Benoit Poelvoorde (all of whom play starring roles), Man Bites Dog is a cross between mock-cinema verité, à la Spinal Tap but with the violence turned up to eleven, and the ultimate reality TV show. The film shows an amateur film crew who are following a loquacious and charismatic serial killer named Ben. Ben kills to make a living. Strangely he is not seeking revenge or attempting to surmount a past trauma, in fact an interview with his mother reveals that as a child he was »
- Will Roberts
Of Gods And Men director Xavier Beauvois and screenwriter Etienne Comar unveiled their Competition pic La Rançon De La Gloire (The Price Of Fame) in Venice today. They were accompanied by Eugene Chaplin, the son of a key figure in the 1970s-set picture. Charlie Chaplin is the basis of the movie because it’s his coffin that is stolen from a Swiss cemetery by two down-on-their-luck immigrants.
Based on real events, The Price Of Fame has received largely positive reviews here on the Lido. (I personally could have done without an overlong exposition and some frustrating scenes of huffing and puffing graveside…) Eugene has a small role in the movie that recounts the events of March 1978 when, a few days after his father’s death, a pair of Polish and Bulgarian men dug up his grave and held the body for ransom. The film switches the nationalities of the men »
- Nancy Tartaglione
★☆☆☆☆When Charlie Chaplin died on Christmas Day in 1977, the whole world paid tribute to the passing of a comic genius. However, two down-on-their luck, unemployed immigrants living in Switzerland saw his passing as an opportunity - the answer to all their problems - and hatched a plan to dig up and steal his coffin and then hold the grieving Chaplin family to ransom. This is the initially intriguing premise for award-winning Of Gods and Men (2010) director Xavier Beauvois' latest film and Venice Golden Lion hopeful The Price of Fame (2014), but unfortunately the execution proves extremely poor. The talented Benoît Poelvoorde ;plays Belgian crook Eddy, a thief who has just been released from prison.
- CineVue UK
The Price of Glory (La Rancon de la Glorie) is based on the bizarre but true story that took place in the waning days of 1977, right after Charlie Chaplin had died. In this forgotten saga two men came up with the hare-brained idea to dig up his corpse and attempted to to ransom it back to his family. The two criminals here are Eddy, played by Benoit Poelvoorde, and Osman, played by Roschdy Zem. Neither Eddy nor Osamn are very good as kidnappers. Osman is a family man with a young daughter and a sick wife, which makes him desperate to figure out a way to cover her medical bills. Eddy is a seemingly dim bulb who comes up with the scheme.
The film is directed by Xavier Beauvois, who is best known for Of Gods and Men, which is a much more »
Like the glorious, overripe Michel Legrand score lavished over an otherwise quiet affair, there’s something knowingly, beguilingly out of time about “The Price of Fame,” . Xavier Beauvois’ first film since 2010’s somber Cannes Grand Prix winner “Of Gods and Men” — and the first comic outing of his career — riffs jovially on the true 1978 story of two blue-collar immigrants in small-town Switzerland who exhumed Charlie Chaplin’s remains in a botched ransom attempt. Facts have been liberally altered, however, to suit Beauvois’ conception of the tale as a human comedy worthy of the Little Tramp himself. Wry, sentimental and carried with shaggy charm by Benoit Poelvoorde and Roschdy Zem as the lovable crooks, “Fame” should parlay its helmer’s cachet and the universality of the Chaplin connection into widespread arthouse exposure.
Overlength is the principal failing of a film that otherwise negotiates the balance between whimsy and gravitas with considerable »
- Guy Lodge
Leading Benelux distributor Cineart has announced details of a change in its ownership structure and confirmed new acquisitions.
The company, founded by Eliane DuBois who died last summer, is now jointly controlled by Stephan De Potter in Belgium and Marc Smit in the Netherlands. The two have bought out the shares owned by DuBois’ son, Hichame Alaouie, who will remain as an ‘honorary participant’ on the Cineart board.
Next year marks the 40th anniversary of Cineart.
The company is continuing to ramp up its VOD activities. Through Twin Pics, its joint venture with music distributor Pias, Cineart is an iTunes aggregator.
Cineart will also handle the Dardenne brothers’ next project, which is at script stage.
The company is also releasing Benoit Jacquot’s latest feature »
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
The Toronto International Film Festival announced more selections Tuesday for the upcoming 2014 edition of the annual awards season kick-off. The majority of the festival's program was announced last month, but this group includes intriguing world premieres from notable directors such as Todd McCarthy ("The Cobbler") and Gina Prince-Bythewood ("Beyond the Lights"). A number of the titles revealed have screened at other festivals including the underrated "Infinitely Polar Bear" and "Laggies" from Sundance as well as Cannes players "Two Days, One Night," "The Search" and "Clouds of Sils Maria." And yes, the presence of "Sils Maria," which is a favorite of this particular writer, means Kristen Stewart will likely hit one of the festival's many red carpets. As you'd expect for Toronto, the world premieres feature some big names including Josh Hutcherson and Benicio Del Toro in "Escobar: Paradise Lost," Jean Dujardin in "The Connection (La French)," Dustin Hoffman in "Boychoir, »
- Gregory Ellwood
The 2014 Toronto Film Festival, which begins Sept. 4, added seven Galas and 17 Special Presentations to its lineup, including a semi-serious Adam Sandler project from Tom McCarthy, the director of The Station Agent and The Visitor. In The Cobbler, Sandler plays a man who has the unique ability to walk in his customers’ shoes. The movie features Dustin Hoffman, who also stars in Boychoir, François Girard’s tale of an orphan’s steep learning curve at a prestigious music school. In Welcome to Me, Kristen Wiig plays a mentally unstable woman who wins the lottery and decides to sink her winnings into a talk show. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Expect to see a bevy of stars on the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. Today, more Gala and Special Presentation titles were announced, with some star-studded projects in the mix. Now, Escobar: Paradise Lost, starring Benicio del Toro as the infamous drug lord, will have its world premiere at Tiff, as will The Forger, with John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan.
Other promising projects newly announced to be screening at Tiff are Win Win director Thomas McCarthy’s The Cobbler, which finds Adam Sandler taking on a rare dramatic role; Clouds of Sils Maria, which stars Juliette Binoche as an aging actress who confronts the young starlet (Chloe Grace Moretz) taking on the role that made her famous decades earlier; and Gemma Bovery, starring Gemma Arterton as the sensual object of a French food critic’s affection. Check out the full list of new »
- Isaac Feldberg
An orphaned 12-year-old boy is sent to prestigious music school where he struggles to join an elite group of world-class singers. No one expects this rebellious loner to succeed, least of all the school’s relentlessly-tough conductor who wages a battle of wills to bring out the boy’s extraordinary musical gift. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas, Kevin McHale, Eddie Izzard, Debra Winger and Garrett Wareing.
Marseille, 1975. Pierre Michel, a young police magistrate with a wife and children, has just been transferred to help crack down on the city’s organized crime. He decides to take on the French Connection, a Mafia-run operation that exports heroin all over the world. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
The Toronto International Film Festival added more than 100 features to its 2014 slate today, with pics starring Dustin Hoffman, Kristen Wiig, Benicio del Toro, Diane Keaton, John Travolta, Keira Knightley, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Connelly and Arnold Schwarzenegger among the two-dozen titles joining the Gala and Special Presentations programs.
Contemporary World Cinema adds 51 (22 world preems), City to City shines the spotlight on Seoul with eight pics (two world preems), and Wavelengths delivers 46 titles, including 13 features.
Gala world preems “Boychoir,” which marks the return of Quebec helmer Francois Girard (“Silk”) to the big screen and stars Hoffman as the tough conductor of a world-class music school, as well as Italian multi-hyphenate Andrea Di Stefano’s feature bow “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” starring del Toro as the notorious Colombian drug lord.
- Jennie Punter
Locarno –Designing a brace of novel industry initiatives that may well be taken on board by other major international film powers, Gallic promotion org UniFrance Films is forging ahead with new industry alliances.
Banner focuses feature novel exhibition link-ups, a play for young target groups, a presence in key and underserved markets and a constant lobby presence in Brussels, tne seat of the E.U.’s all-powerful Commission.
Delivered at the Locarno Festival by Jean-Paul Salome and Isabelle Giordano, UniFrance president and managing director, the drill-down on UniFrance policy comes as Luc Besson’s “Lucy” powers toward $100 million Stateside and France accounts for 13 of the 50 movies playing Locarno’s main three sections – a reminder of France’s central position in both mainstream and arthouse filmmaking in Europe.
“What we’re really pleased about is the diversity of the French presence, »
- John Hopewell
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