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Heartbeats (2010)

Les amours imaginaires (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 29 September 2010 (France)
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The story of three close friends who are involved in a love-triangle.

Director:

Xavier Dolan

Writer:

Xavier Dolan (scenario & dialogue)
6 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Monia Chokri ... Marie
Niels Schneider ... Nicolas
Xavier Dolan ... Francis
Anne Dorval ... Désirée
Anne-Élisabeth Bossé ... Jeune femme 1
Olivier Morin ... Jeune homme 1
Magalie Lépine Blondeau ... Jeune femme 2 (as Magalie Lépine-Blondeau)
Éric Bruneau ... Jeune homme 2
Gabriel Lessard Gabriel Lessard ... Jeune homme 3
Bénédicte Décary ... Jeune femme 3
François Bernier François Bernier ... Baise 1
Benoît McGinnis ... Baise 2 (as Benoit McGinnis)
François-Xavier Dufour François-Xavier Dufour ... Baise 3 (as François Xavier Dufour)
Anthony Huneault Anthony Huneault ... Antonin
Patricia Tulasne Patricia Tulasne ... Coiffeuse
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Storyline

In a story interspersed with interview tales of romantic pitfalls, friendship turns to romantic rivalry for gay man Francis and straight woman Marie when a veritable Adonis named Nicolas enters their lives. Sexual tensions mount as Francis and Marie await Nicolas' show of preference. Written by statmanjeff

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Taglines:

"Heartbreaker, that's you."

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

29 September 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Heartbeats See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

CAD 75,445 (Canada), 13 June 2010

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,197, 27 February 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$62,985, 17 April 2011
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is inspired (to some extent) by Woody Allen 's Husbands and Wives (1992). See more »

Goofs

Marie's and Nicolas' head positions and facial expressions don't always match up between camera cuts outside the theater. See more »

Quotes

Marie: I love to smoke. Smoking a cigarette is like... forgetting. When I hit rock bottom, it's all I have. Light up, smoke up, shut the fuck up. It hides the shit. The smoke... hides... the shit. There's menthol and vanilla. Some people like 'em. Menthol cigarette. Vanilla cigarette. Chocolate cigarette. Cigarette cigarette. Cigarettes clearly keep me from going crazy. Keeps me alive. It keeps me alive until I die.
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Connections

References Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude tiré dé Parsifal
Written by Richard Wagner
Performed by The Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Daniel Barenboim
Courtesy of Warner Music Canada
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Xavier Dolan is a promising young film-maker
24 October 2010 | by winterhaze13See all my reviews

21-year-old Xavier Dolan is fast becoming the star of Canadian cinema. The Quebec prodigy stormed on to the international scene with his debut J'ai tué ma mere (I killed My Mother) winning three awards at Cannes last year.

His follow-up is Les Amours Imaginaires (Heartbeats in English) and centres on a three-way love triangle. Dolan himself plays Francis, a gay Montrealer who becomes infatuated with a young socialite named Nicolas, played by Niels Schneider. Instantaneously, Francis' close friend Marie, played by Monia Chokri develops feelings of her own for Nicolas.

As the tumultuousness of love for Nicolas deepens for the two of them their close friendship begins to suffer. The two friends become embroiled in a struggle to please Nicolas who appears to represent Dolan's own ideal.

The theme of idealization is explored notably in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and Thomas Mann's Death in Venice which was made into a film by Luchino Visconti. There is a scene at a party where Marie envisions Michalangelo's David, the artist' own physical ideal when staring admirably at Nicolas.

Romantic obsession begins to take hold of the two friends as they vie for the affection of someone who will never return their love. Like in I killed My Mother, his follow up is about Dolan's struggling with his own homosexuality. The film is also a meditation on the senselessness of love and why its own madness is what makes it so appealing.

Dolan is undoubtedly a big talent. Monia Chokri who plays the muse of the film shines the brightest in front of the camera. Her archaic hairstyle and fashion sense would remind anyone familiar with French actress Anna Karina. And that provides a clue in who Dolan draws his cinematic inspiration from.

Three-way conflicts were a hallmark of Jean-Luc Godard and other new wave directors like Francois Truffaut. Dolan may have drawn his inspiration from Truffaut's own Jules and Jim. But Les Amours Imaginaires has many more references to Godard's early work.

Everything down to the scene settings, cultural references and camera shots are deliberately taken from Godard's early classics such as Breathless and Band of Outsiders. The characters too represent the remnants of the 1960s-style cultural rebellion that Godard's films often explored which still thrives in Montreal today.

One final stylistic note, the film also includes a roundtable of characters not related to the main story discussing relationships. Dolan manages to make it relevant to the story and continues the tradition set by Godard in Masculine Feminine. The third sequence however does run a bit too long.

Les Amours Imaginaires is already out on DVD in Canada. It will be released in theatres in the United States on February 1, 2011 so look out for it.


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