Plenty of movies pretend to be about romantic obsession, but most confuse it with a crush. By contrast, Xavier Dolan’s Heartbeats — the story of two best friends, a gay guy and a straight girl, who both fall hard for the same easygoing bohemian hunk — may be the most raw and visceral cinematic portrayal of infatuation I’ve ever seen, with nearly every shot conveying aching, unrequited desire. The hugely talented 21 year-old Dolan has a lively, light-footed style that seems better suited for an actual romance, but that makes the film all the more interesting; instead of romantic chemistry, he creates an a fierce one-sided erotic energy that evaporates before reaching its object. It’s as riveting as it is painful to watch.

-- Eugene Novikov

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Screening Log


Ric Roman Waugh, 2013

Score: C

Side Effects

Steven Soderbergh, 2013

Score: C+

10 Years

Jamie Linden, 2012

Score: B-

The Place Beyond the Pines

Derek Cianfrance, 2013

Score: B+

Warm Bodies

Jonathan Levine, 2013

Score: C

Beautiful Creatures

Richard LaGravanese, 2013

Score: B-

The Window

Ted Tetzlaff, 1949

Score: B+

The Chase

Arthur Ripley, 1946

Score: B

Street of Chance

Jack Hively, 1942

Score: C

The Taste of Money

Im Sang-Soo, 2013

Score: C+

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