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Love Songs (2007)

Les chansons d'amour (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 23 May 2007 (France)
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A musical interpretation of three lovers living in Paris.

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Christophe Honoré
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Louis Garrel ... Ismaël Bénoliel
Ludivine Sagnier ... Julie Pommeraye
Chiara Mastroianni ... Jeanne
Clotilde Hesme ... Alice
Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet ... Erwann
Brigitte Roüan Brigitte Roüan ... La mère de Julie
Alice Butaud ... Jasmine, la soeur de Julie
Jean-Marie Winling Jean-Marie Winling ... Le père de Julie
Yannick Renier Yannick Renier ... Gwendal
Annabelle Hettmann Annabelle Hettmann ... La serveuse du bar
Esteban Carvajal-Alegria Esteban Carvajal-Alegria ... L'ami d'Erwann (as Esteban Carvajal Alegria)
Sylvain Tempier Sylvain Tempier ... Un policier
Guillaume Clérice Guillaume Clérice ... Un policier
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Storyline

Julie's boyfriend Ismaël lives with her; rather than worry about the time he spends with his colleague Alice, Julie invites Alice to join them. The three walk the streets of Paris, party, read, and sleep together. Sometimes it's lighthearted, sometimes there are jealousies. Then death strikes. In various ways, those left come to terms with the departure and absence of a loved one: showing concern, eating together, attempting new relationships, trying to "be there" for the other. Then, the spirit returns and new commitments are possible. The romantic elements of musical comedy play in contrast to the ambivalence of the lyrics and the story. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

23 May 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Songs See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,488, 23 March 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$103,970, 29 June 2008
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Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Christophe Honoré: appears briefly during the funeral scene. See more »

Quotes

Ismaël Bénoliel: Je suis très mélancolique.
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References Pardonnez-moi (2006) See more »

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Ma mémoire sale
Written by Alex Beaupain
Performed by Louis Garrel
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Unabashedly French
7 July 2008 | by bill38112See all my reviews

In my part of the USA, it is rare to come across a film like this. It makes no attempt to compromise its Parisian point of view for American audiences. This film allows an American audience the chance to get a glimpse from the perspective of the contemporary French young adult. There are plenty of French geographic and political reference to confuse, but they, like the Parisian scenes, just give the film its identity.

Others have provided detailed synopses of the story. I would rather you just take it as it comes and enjoy how different the plot development is. As a matter of fact, watch this film and try to appreciate how different it is from the ordinary American fare…no simple boy meets girl romance here. These beautiful people aren't young, chic urbanites wearing designer clothes they can't afford, living in apartments featured in Architectural Digest. We have three young women (Ludivine Sagnier, Clotilde Hesme, and Chiara Mastroianni) who lack the assistance of a personal shopper or a Beverly Hills stylist, but do not lack beauty or sensuality. Also, as a 59 year old man, I have to mention Brigitte Roüan, who shows how attractive a French grandmother can be. The men are similarly attractive. Louis Garrel demonstrates why he is currently the hottest actor in France. Newcomer Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet is disarmingly charming.

But this is a musical. You will find no potential American Idols here. The actors are not going to dazzle you with vocal gymnastics. The numbers have no clever arrangements or over produced orchestration. You have evocative lyrics set to a score reminiscent of US folk music in the 1960s or more exactly, French coffee houses. One word of caution, the English subtitles are quite misleading at times. My college French is a little rusty, but a review of the French subtitles gave me an appreciation of how descriptive the lyrics are.

Finally, there is no gratuitous violence or nudity, but look for the number Ma Memoire Sale (My Soiled Memory), where Ismael begs to be cleansed of the painful memory of his lost love. Some may be shocked at the scene, but you can't deny the passion and pain that permeates the number.

I have downloaded the soundtrack and ordered the DVD for this is like a good French dish, an experience to linger over.


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