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200 Ratings

Three Hearts

3 Coeurs

Directed by Benoît Jacquot
France, 2014


A twist of fate leaves a hapless accountant (Benoît Poelvoorde) romantically torn between two sisters (Charlotte Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroianni), in a film by festival veteran Benoît Jacquot (Farewell, My Queen).

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Three Hearts Directed by Benoît Jacquot

Awards & Festivals

Prix Louis Delluc

2014 | Nominee: Best Film

Lumiere Awards

2015 | 4 nominations including: Best Film

Jacquot deftly handles the implausibility of the situation (that Marc could pass weeks and months without twigging to this fact of sibling relation) by insisting on a wilful disavowal on Marc’s part: he fully knows there is a whole stairwell of photos at the house of their mother, Madame Berger (Catherine Deneuve), that could prove or disprove his silent suspicions … In fact, this is part and parcel of that “unreality of normality” which Jacquot nails so well.
January 19, 2018
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The symbolic power that the centrifugal character of Ann lends “Villa Amalia” has no counterpart in the centripetal convergence of affinity onto the sisters [of 3 Hearts], their family, their town. It’s as if Jacquot found the mechanism of that affection and its conflicts quite sufficient, as if the love stories of the plot weren’t a mode of discovery and of self-discovery, but were a reality sufficient unto themselves.
March 16, 2015
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Could the story as described till now possibly have a payoff dandy enough to justify all the labored contrivances it entails? Possibly, but that would almost certainly involve our believing in and really caring about the characters. Which doesn’t happen here. The sisters’ attraction to schlubby Marc doesn’t ring true from the first, and it doesn’t grow any more credible as the film wends onward.
March 13, 2015
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