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Friday
Feb252011

Review: Heartbeats

"The only truth is love beyond reason" goes the quote from French poet Alfred de Musset that opens Xavier Dolan's moody dreamy French Canadian film Heartbeats. That sounds beautiful in theory, sure, but living it is messier. Immediately the film cuts to a funny frank series of talking head interviews from people who have been unlucky in love. One woman compares herself to Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction and describes panicking at her computer, waiting for emails that never come.

If somebody died every time I hit refresh, there'd be nobody left alive. 

Poetic idealized notions of love clashing with humiliating darkly comic reality? It's a pretty apt way to introduce and describe this arguably slight but beautiful film...

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Heartbeats is currently available in select theaters from IFC and On Demand. I'll have an interview with one of the actors shortly after Oscar weekend wraps up. 2011 Index of Movies. This will undoubtedly pick up soon.

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Reader Comments (3)

I can't wait to see this. I am up for anything he has to offer after I Killed My Mother.

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commentereurocheese

Great review ! I'm very happy you took time to review the movie. Dolan is very promising, I'm sure Lawrence anyways will be interesting.

February 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRenaud

Renaud -- thanks for saying so. I liked it much better the second time i saw it. People say it's derivative but it's one of those derivations that has its own personality (indeed like Woody Allen and Tarantino retain their own personality when doing homages)

February 27, 2011 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R
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