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Heartbeats (2010)


Xavier Dolan

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Plot Summary

Xavier Dolan's sexy and stylish HEARTBEATS is a comic exploration of a romantically obsessed menage-a-trois. HEARTBEATS was a hit at the Cannes Film Festival, winning the Youth Prize, and an official selection of the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. Part farce, part exploration of the complexity of love and desire, Heartbeats centers on two close friends, Francis (Xavier Dolan) and Marie (Monia Chokri), who find themselves fighting for the affections of the same striking young man (Neils Schneider). The more intimate the trio becomes, the more unattainable the object of their infatuation seems, sending the friends' obsession into overdrive.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 68
  • Fresh: 50
  • Rotten: 18
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Dolan is proving to be adept at and unafraid of teasing out the flaws of his characters, seemingly more concerned with whether they are interesting than whether an audience will like them. – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Mar 3, 2011

Fresh: It's a bright, slight romp that seems to want to zero in on the pain and trauma of romantic obsession. If the filmmaker weren't having such fun mocking characters who fall hard while pretending not to, it might just be able to achieve that. – Bob Mondello, NPR, Mar 1, 2011

Fresh: "Heartbeats" charts its own course. – David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, Mar 17, 2011

Rotten: Spends 100 minutes dispensing painful examples of how infatuation turns people into idiots. – Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, Apr 15, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Beautiful movie, excellent cinematography.

I truly love this movie. I don't know where to start. I love the music. I brought the soundtrack. The script is very feel written and you truly do feel the character's emotions. Xavier is a genius, he made me fall in love with his character. Only let back is that I wish the characters were not developed to the fullest extent and since they were so good, I would have loved to see more. Also the people speaking about love makes sense for the movie, but truly the storyline is amazing and such have been more attention payed on it. Anyways it's an amazing movie, I love it!

So interestingly strange.

I watched this movie as a random choice from Comcast on demand. I had no clue it was foreign, i know nothing about French, and normally hate subtitled movies. Bit I was instantly captured by how weird it was at first. And soon completely forgot that it was in French. I love this movie, it is so unique, something almost every modern American movie needs.

I am buying this. And I never buy anything off of iTunes.

A different kind of movie

There's a lot to like about this movie. Very unique and I really enjoyed the music. The actors were great and the story interesting.
A couple things I did not like include the relentless cigarette smoking. Reminded me of what a disgusting addiction that is. It kept me from fully enjoying the great characters because they were constantly slinging ashes and woofing smoke up their nose. Like an unpleasant flashback to decades ago when smoking was considered cool. My other dislike was the periodic break-away scenes of strangers sharing their odd thoughts on relationships. Who the heck where those people and why was I subjected to their boorish jabbering?
Having said that, this is still a very artistic and creative film. Well acted by the three main characters.

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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2010

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