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Love Songs (2007)
"Les chansons d'amour" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Musical, Romance  |  23 May 2007 (France)
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A musical interpretation of three lovers living in Paris.

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Julie's boyfriend Ismaël lives with her; rather than worry about the time he spends with his colleague Alice, Julie invites Alice to join them. The three walk the streets of Paris, party, read, and sleep together. Sometimes it's lighthearted, sometimes there are jealousies. Then death strikes. In various ways, those left come to terms with the departure and absence of a loved one: showing concern, eating together, attempting new relationships, trying to "be there" for the other. Then, the spirit returns and new commitments are possible. The romantic elements of musical comedy play in contrast to the ambivalence of the lyrics and the story. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$20,488 (USA) (21 March 2008)

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Many dialogs were inspired by Adam Thirlwell's first novel "Politics", which Clotilde Hesme's character reads during the bed scene. See more »

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Ismaël Bénoliel: Je suis très mélancolique.
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References Nobody Knows (2004) See more »

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Il faut se taire
Written by Alex Beaupain
Performed by Louis Garrel, Clotilde Hesme
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"Love me less, but love me a long time..."
30 July 2008 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I've been a fan of Louis Garrel ("The Dreamers") and Ludivine Sagnier ("Swimming Pool") for a few years now, so when I heard they were starring in a romance musical, I was really excited. "Les Chansons d'Amour" aka "Love Songs" met, actually exceeded, my expectations. The film is a gorgeous, sometimes poignant and subtly funny look at love and (straight, bisexual, homosexual) relationships in contemporary Paris. Its adorably improvised musical sequences, the beauty of the music and locations, the chemistry of the ensemble cast (Chiara Mastroianni, who looks a lot like her father, the late Marcello Mastroianni, delivers a captivating performance as Sagnier's sister), all add up to the enchanting final result. This is the third film director Christophe Honoré makes with Louis Garrel (after 'Ma Mère' and 'Dans Paris'), and they announced a sequel for 2011. I will definitely check it, but it will be hard to top "Love Songs", since it ended perfectly in my eyes. Whether the sequel will disappoint or not is another story; for now, just enjoy the real gem that these chansons are... "love me less, but love me a long time". 10/10.


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