The exuberant and tender Love Songs (Les chansons d’amour) further laments Christophe Honoré as one of the most exciting filmmakers of our generation. A modern day musical told through unforgettable songs sung entirely by the cast and scored by Alex Beaupain, the film has overjoyed audiences at the Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals. In the hope of sparking their stalled relationship, Ismael (Louis Garrel) and Julie (Ludivine Sagnier) enter a playful yet emotionally laced threesome with Alice (Clotilde Hesme). When tragedy strikes, these young Parisians are forced to deal with the fragility of life and love. For Ismael, this means negotiating through the advances of Julie’s sister (Chara Mastroianni) and a young college student (Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet); one of which may offer him redemption. —IFC Films
After moving to Paris in 1995, he wrote articles in the “Les Cahiers du Cinéma.” He started writing soon-after. His 1996 book Tout contre Léo (Close to Leo) talks about HIV and is aimed at young adults; he made it into a movie in 2002. He wrote other books for young adults throughout the late 1990s. His first play, Les Débutantes, was performed at Avignon’s Off Festival in 1998. In 2005, he returns to Avignon to present his latest creation, Dionysos impuissant, in the “In” Festival; Joana Preiss and Louis Garrel, who has acted in a number of Honoré films, played the leads.
A well-known director, he is considered an “auteur” in French Cinema. His 2006 film “Dans Paris” has led him to be considered by French critics as the heir to the Nouvelle Vague Cinema. In 2007, Les Chansons d’amour was one of the films selected to be in competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.1 Some of his movies or screenplays (like Les filles ne savent pas nager, Dix-sept fois Cécile Cassard and Les… read more
Unlike Demy, Honoré’s conceit c. 2007 only feels cloying while angst-ridden, more affectatious than affectionate; the plague of the postmodern homage - or, the curse of Garrel, for it’s near The Dreamers all over again. Depressed but well dressed.
Updated through 5/3. The Cannes Film Festival has announced that Christophe Honoré's Les bien-aimés (Beloved), featuring Catherine
Les chansons d’amour 2007 Love Songs
Christophe Honoré wrote and directed this evanescent romantic evocation of Paris in the winter, the chilly atmosphere doing nothing to dampen… read review