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Heartbeats

Heart-thumbstandard Lush cinematography and poetic images highlight this coming-of-age tale about two best friends, Mary (Monia Chokri) and Francis (Xavier Dolan), who meet a charismatic wanderer named Nick (Niels Schneider) and suddenly find their longtime friendship tested to its limits. As the love triangle between the three intensifies, Mary and Francis vie for Nick's affections in this intense story from Dolan, the Canadian prodigy who writes and directs.
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Two friends, a young woman and man, pursue the same blond-curled object of desire in the Québécois director Xavier Dolan’s romantic, cinematically extravagant “Heartbeats." Read the review
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Spends 100 minutes dispensing painful examples of how infatuation turns people into idiots.
Stephanie Merry, Washington Post  full review
 
Not too deep but oh so pretty, "Heartbeats" presents a hyper-stylized look at a love triangle, a sort of "Jules and Jim" for millennials.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
 
Alas, although Heartbeats is quite lovely to look at, there isn't much going on after all.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
 
"Heartbeats" charts its own course.
David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
 
All the dramatic protraction gets at both a heaviness of romantic desire and emotional viscosity.
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe  full review
 
Dolan is proving to be adept at and unafraid of teasing out the flaws of his characters, seemingly more concerned with whether they are interesting than whether an audience will like them.
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times  full review
 
It's a bright, slight romp that seems to want to zero in on the pain and trauma of romantic obsession. If the filmmaker weren't having such fun mocking characters who fall hard while pretending not to, it might just be able to achieve that.
 
"Heartbeats" looks good, and it has some funny dialogue. But there isn't enough to sustain the film's running time.
V.A. Musetto, New York Post  full review
 
The new movie confirms Mr. Dolan as a wildly talented, carelessly extravagant filmmaker nakedly in thrall to idols like Wong Kar-wai, Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, Bernardo Bertolucci and Pedro Almodovar.
Stephen Holden, New York Times  full review
 
The film couples high comedy with spiritual solitude. That's not just a slo-mo stunt, it's a cockeyed triumph.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal  full review
 
[A] madly stylish Montreal-made delight...
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly  full review
 
Xavier Dolan is the new darling of Canadian cinema, and it's easy to see why.
Rex Reed, New York Observer  full review
 
An undeniable triumph of artifice, Heartbeats acts as a kind of bizarro fantasy mirror, aestheticizing and glamorizing the madness that arises from unrequited sexual obsession, as drunk on beauty and blind to truth as its deluded singles.
Karina Longworth, Village Voice  full review
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