Title: Heartbeats – Les amours imaginaires (original title)
Play time: 1h 41min
Director: Xavier Dolan
Screenwriters: Xavier Dolan
Starring: Xavier Dolan, Monia Chokri, Niels Schneider
The Short-Lived Passion in Heartbeats
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.
Dolan is Talented, But too Young To Grasp it
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.