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Heartbeats(Les amours imaginaires)

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Canada · 2010
1h 37m
Director Xavier Dolan
Starring Monia Chokri, Niels Schneider, Xavier Dolan, Anne Dorval
Genre Drama, Romance

Francis is a young gay man, Marie is a young straight woman and the two of them are best friends -- until the day the gorgeous Nicolas walks into a Montreal coffee shop. The two friends, instantly and equally infatuated, compete for Nicolas' indeterminate affections, a conflict that climaxes when the trio visit the vacation home of Nicolas' mother. The frothy comedy unfolds through narrative, fantasy sequences and confessional monologues.

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Village Voice by

If Dolan is able to derive a certain comic tension from the simple threat of what could happen with these three in close quarters, he and his co-actors often spoil the mystery of the unsaid with the tells on their faces.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

In a sense, Heartbeats demonstrates that Dolan has a lot on his mind as a budding filmmaker.


Observer by Rex Reed

Director Dolan gets the feeling of emptiness so right that anyone who has ever known the heartbreak of a crushing affair can easily identify, even with subtitles.


Variety by Rob Nelson

Splashy colors, oddball framing, super-cool threads and cranked-up retro music supply the picture's bizarre love triangle with a dance-club atmosphere that'll seduce young audiences of most any orientation.


The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

Far from being a liability, Dolan's youthfulness gives it unmistakable vibrancy: This is a love-crazy, movie-crazy affair, laying bare its emotions just as plainly as its influences.

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