Heartbeats  {Les Amoureux Solitaires}
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Les Amoureux Solitaires
Canada, 2010, 102 Minute Running Time
Topics: Black Comedy, Gay/Lesbian, Romance
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: French English Sub-Titles

Proving his multi-award winning debut I Killed My Mother was no flash in the pan, Quebecois whiz kid Xavier Dolan follows that adolescent scream of a movie with a work that perhaps reflects his own emotional progress through life, dealing with the still immature stumblings of a couple of twenty-something friends as they battle for the elusive affections of the new kid on the block. Smart young things about town Francis (played by Dolan himself) and Marie find their friendship floundering when they both fall for blond mop top Nicolas.

Nicolas’ signal failure to reveal whether he is gay or straight drives them to distraction and rocks their private world as he plays them off against each other, until the three embark on a weekend in the country that resolves the matter once and for all. Dolan spices up the action through a series of talking head reflections from spurned lovers on modern romance and dating, and deftly conveys the agony of unrequited feelings and romantic competition in this queer reworking of the ménage á trois while cleverly juxtaposing moments of real visual poetry with flashes of savage humor.

DIRECTOR: Xavier Dolan
Producer: Xavier Dolan, Carol Mondello, Daniele Morin
Editor: Xavier Dolan
Screenwriter: Xavier Dolan
Cinematographer: Stéphanie Anne Weber Biron
Principal Cast: Anne Dorval, Xavier Dolan, Niels Schneider, Monia Chokri
Filmography: I Killed My Mother (2009)
Print Source: IFC Films - ifcflms.com

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