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  • Summary: Francis and Marie are close friends. One day, during a lunch, they meet Nicolas, a young man from the country newly arrived in town. As one rendezvous leads troublingly to another – whether real or imagined, the signs are all bad – each of the two friends slides deeper into obsessive fantasies around the same object of desire. And the deeper they slide, the more their once cast-iron friendship begins to crack under the pressure of competing for the new kid on the block. Xavier Dolan's second film, Heartbeats, is a study of the fall into love. We follow each stage of the typical love story’s progress – it starts with a meeting and ends in tears. The film reveals a fundamentally simple intrigue that careers through a whole gamut of poetic craziness: passions unleashed, expectations, sorrow, humiliation and, finally, loneliness. (IFC Films) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Feb 23, 2011
    Xavier Dolan is back with another madly stylish Montreal-made delight.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Feb 24, 2011
    Far from being a liability, Dolan's youthfulness gives it unmistakable vibrancy: This is a love-crazy, movie-crazy affair, laying bare its emotions just as plainly as its influences.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Feb 24, 2011
    Delightful and insightful romantic comedy.
  4. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Feb 22, 2011
    Director Dolan gets the feeling of emptiness so right that anyone who has ever known the heartbreak of a crushing affair can easily identify, even with subtitles.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Feb 24, 2011
    Monologues delivered by assorted unidentified losers in love who relate their unhappy stories to an unseen listener lend Heartbeats the semblance of a structure. But beyond that, the movie is a gush of gorgeous images and music.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Feb 21, 2011
    Splashy colors, oddball framing, super-cool threads and cranked-up retro music supply the picture's bizarre love triangle with a dance-club atmosphere that'll seduce young audiences of most any orientation.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Feb 25, 2011
    The emotions veer from bawdy to sweet and then to obvious, though the film is stylish, and Dolan's artfulness helps when the movie loses focus.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Mar 8, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The newest film by Xavier Dolan "Heartbeats" (2010) is James Joyceâ Expand
  2. Aug 18, 2011
    I wanted to see this film badly back in October of last year at the Chicago International Film Festival but for whatever reason I just never got the chance to. Since that day I have been waiting for a limited release or press release of the film. Heck, even a screener would be nice. Months of anticipation and out of the blue the film shows up on netflix instant under new releases. No wide release, no press release, no limited release, no theater release in the US at all. I am just confused. Still, with all of that said this is my Netflix pick of the week!

    The story itself may start out confusing to most. The reason, well this film is foreign and the most common way for a film to open up is with itâ
  3. Nov 27, 2014
    What adds up to great scenery, music, costumes, acting, performances and execution is a common-yet-novel love story that scratches even deeper than most of us [public] may believe at first glances. Young and passionate, ambiguous and straightforward. Full of contrasts but pretty clear. Enjoyable, satisfactory. Expand
  4. Dec 27, 2013
    "Les amours imaginaires" provides a story that everyone knows. A love triangle intended as a bisexual story. Dolan is a good hipster, He offers a simple story deck with vintage and elegant confection. Props is good but it's not enough. Dolan is very young still. He needs to grow and he needs to be less hipster. "Heartbeats" is mixed but this is not bad. His next film, "Laurence Anyways" is better than "Les amours imaginaires" and "J'ai tué ma mère". I think that Dolan will be bette director in future. Expand