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Love Songs(Les chansons d'amour)

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France

2007

1h 40m

Director Christophe Honoré

Starring Louis Garrel, Ludivine Sagnier, Chiara Mastroianni, Clotilde Hesme

Genre Drama, Romance

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Ismael and Julie, in hopes of sparking their stalled relationship, enter a playful yet emotionally laced threesome with Alice. When tragedy strikes, they are forced to deal with the fragility of life and love. For Ismael, this means negotiating the advances of Julie's sister and a young college student—one of which may offer him redemption.

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Village Voice by

That Honoré knows a lot about movies is beyond question--but from first frame to last, Love Songs stays as icy to the touch as Julie's premature corpse.
70

The New York Times by A.O. Scott

The girl-boy-girl threesome, which turns out to be short-lived, is perhaps the most straightforward emotional configuration in this odd, witty, touching film.
80

Salon by 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).
67

The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

Love Songs is definitely daring, but too much of it seems calculated to lead up to a final line about how to guard against grief.
75

New York Post by 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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