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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 the game of musical beds among the lively and handsome players who appear and reappear in their several apartments in an amusing exploration of sexual possibilities. Louis Garrel is the soulful Ismaël whose love interest Julie (Ludivine Sagnier) falls victim to the plot from heart failure to plunge Isamel into melancholy whilst having to stave off Jeanne (Chiara Mastroianni), Julie’s older sister and at the same time Erwann(Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet), younger brother of co-worker Alice’s (Clotilde Hesme), ex bf. Alice was the third wing of the Ismael/Julie ménage à trois tho’ she has a preference for Julie and in the end pushes Ismael into the grasp of Erwann who had mounted a determined siege for the affections of Ismael. All this too and fro interspersed with singsong poetic commentary that I am afraid has lost something in the translation for the /English subs. As I said, evanescent.
Erwann snags Ismael on the rebound.
I usually dont like musicals. But this one is so light…
The dialogues, the songs, the conflicts everything happens naturally.
A pleasent movie, the songs give you joy or make you suffer with the characters.
Loved the songs, loved the movie!
An unpretentious musical that makes you finish the movie with a good feeling.
And I just cant comment about louis, just love his facial expressions, the way that he communicates
- Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
And I thought it was impossible to fuck up a musical filmed in the streets of Paris. Not only is his subject ugly (and Honore claims to be shocked that audiences would find his protagonist unlikeable), he films them badly. Really, how do you render such gorgeous subjects as Louis Garrel and Clotilde Hesme so unappealing? He shoots the film in the same streets that Godard shot A Woman is a Woman, even attempting to copy shots from the original. We all suffer for the comparison.
- Currently 1.0/5 Stars.