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Heartbeats (Not Rated)

French with English subtitles

Part gleaming farce, part tough-minded exploration of the inherent insanity of love and desire, Heartbeats centers on two close friends: Francis (writer/director Xavier Dolan) and Marie (Monia Chokri). At a dinner party one evening they meet Nicolas (Niels Schneider), a young man recently arrived from the country who looks like Michelangelo’s David come to life. His boyish charm and classical good looks create an irresistible mystique that neither of the two friends can shake. The threesome begins to spend more and more time together. But the more intimate they get, the more remote and unattainable Nicolas becomes, sending Francis and Marie’s comic obsession into overdrive. And as their hunger for Nicolas’ affections grow, the more their once cast-iron friendship begins to crack and shift to rivalry. Dolan’s follow-up to the acclaimed I Killed My Mother, Heartbeats is a study of the descent into poetically passionate love and the complexities of young human emotions. Winner of the Youth Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.