Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Love Songs Encore

A Gorgeous film: Metacritic includes my brief review:

Love Songs

IFC First Take
Love Songs reviews
9.5 User Score:
Generally favorable reviews
Based on 14 critic reviews

Movie Info

Genre(s): Musical
Written by: Christophe Honoré
Directed by: Christophe Honoré
Release Date:
Theatrical: March 21, 2008
Running Time: 100 minutes, Color
Origin: France
Language(s): French


RATING: Not Rated
Starring Louis Garrel, Ludivine Sagnier, Chiara Mastroianni, Clotilde Hesme, and Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet
In the hope of sparking their stalled relationship, Ismael and Julie enter a playful yet emotionally laced threesome with Alice. When tragedy strikes, these young Parisians are forced to deal with the fragility of life and love. For Ismael, this means negotiating through the advances of Julie's sister and a young college student, one of whom may offer him redemption. Love Songs is a modern-day musical told through unforgettable songs sung entirely by the cast. (IFC First Take)

What The Critics Said

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TV Guide Ken Fox
The result is a bittersweet trifle one can conceivably fall in love with, and Honore's best film so far.
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Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum
Chiara Mastroianni charms here just as her maman, Catherine Deneuve, did in Demy's 1964 classic.
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Salon.com Andrew O'Hehir
You could describe Love Songs, as a blend of François Truffaut's wistful Parisian sentimentalism and Pedro Almodóvar's acrid polysexual comedy, which were never far apart to begin with (given the difference in climate and native temperament between France and Spain).
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New York Post V.A. Musetto
Chiara Mastroianni, whose mom, Catherine Deneuve, starred in Demy's "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" (1964), appears here as Julie's sister. Vive la New Wave.
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Boston Globe Wesley Morris
Sings in the key of life.
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San Francisco Chronicle David Wiegand
A surprisingly joyous musical.
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Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas
An attractive and talented young cast brings this graceful film alive in all its tenderness and emotion.
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Washington Post Desson Thomson
Yes, it's weird. But it's wild card weird, with that thrill of never knowing what's coming next or when these Parisians are going to get musical on us.
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New York Magazine David Edelstein
Honoré has proven you can make a movie musical in which style doesn’t upstage content--a movie musical that blossoms from the inside out.
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What Our Users Said

The average user rating for this movie is 9.5 (out of 10) based on 9 User Votes

Note: User votes are NOT included in the Metascore calculation.

Jack M. gave it a10:
Romance, scenes of Paris, beautiful songs, and a tango of love affairs, what more could one want in a film? I have wanted to see Louis Garrel in scenes like this ever since Bertolucci's The Dreamers kept him from the full embrace with Michael Pitt. The interplay of Thanatos and Eros is moving, as well.

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