Francis and Marie are best friends. One day the gorgeous Nicolas walks into a Montreal coffee shop and the the two friends, instantly and equally infatuated, compete for his indeterminate affections. The conflict climaxes when the trio visit the vacation home of Nicolas’ mother.
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Yes, I like Xavier Dolan, guilty as charged. What can I say? He's a little writing/directing/acting wunderkind and the camera loves him. "Heartbeats" is a very light, easy to watch film that successfully synthesizes influences such as Wong Kar-Wai and Gus Van Sant. Dolan was young when he made this, and is still young, so the film's notions of love are very naive and adolescent - but no less truthful as a result.
Death in Venice meets In the Mood for Love here and the result is near perfect. Xavier Dolan explores the eminently romantic theme of the Ideal Love or, to be more correct, the Love of the Ideal. It's fresh, well observed and a lot more interesting than Dolan's first film. Highly recommended.
This film is just like a long, pretentious H & M hipster commercial… and I must admit that I actually like it! Karin Dreijer´s beautiful and distinctive voice helps to make some of the scenes quite memorable.
Details an awkward love triangle story between two hipster best-friends. It has such fine vibe cinematically and sartorial style. Uses many slow-motion and they're entirely fitting completed by the vibrant colors and music. Obviously, this film focuses on style over substance. Love the style totally, but bored out by the story because the lack of interesting dialogue with also uninteresting characters.
[Watched 12 - twelve - times up on the silver screen] SUPERRRRRRRRRRRRRB. Loved every frame, every shot, every pan, every sound, every cut, every line, every word, every eye glance, every kiss, every piece of clothing, every actor, every song. M-A-S-T-E-R-P-I-E-C-E! Dolan's zenith.
A little bit of Woody, a little bit of Wong, a little bit of Degrassi... Not bad, but not necessarily good either. It takes itself a bit too seriously at first. Predictable ending. Every moment seems a little dishonest after it passes. It's still a lot of fun to watch, regardless of its artifice.
I expected 'Heartbeats' to be shallow and unnecessarily stylish but it was honest and I actually found it very touching. It was full of the kind of awkward humour love and the character ticks and expressions were spot on. Man, I want a cigarette.
Xavier Dolan's follow-up to his acclaimed debut feature, I KILLED MY MOTHER follows a pair of best friends who both fall for the same man. Dolan still self consciously relies on his inspirations a bit, but here he has obviously matured as a filmmaker. Obviously a product of Dolan's love of Almodovar and Wong Kar-Wai, but still strikes the right note as 2 best friends fall for the same man.