Heartbeats

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Heartbeats
Still only 22, Québécois actor-writer-director Xavier Dolan got much kudos for his début ‘I Killed My Mother’ but suffers from difficult-second-movie syndrome here. A contemporary urban slacker love-triangle sees lovelorn Dolan and his best friend Monia Chokri (who’s borrowed Audrey Hepburn’s wardrobe) both falling for Niels Schneider’s blithe, tousle-haired Adonis, and unable to deal with it. Hence the movie slumps into a tiresome self-involved stasis for much of its running time. Intermittent rhapsodic flourishes scored to ’60s Euro-pop see the Wong Kar-Wai influence writ large, but without any genuine emotional impetus it’s all for naught. Dolan’s talent for expressive-image making is evident, but where’s the content?

Release details

Release date: Friday February 25 2011
Duration: 97 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Xavier Dolan
Screenwriter: Xavier Dolan
Cast: Xavier Dolan
Monia Chokri
Niels Schneider