One of my favorite films is a 2010 Canadian film called Heartbeats written, directed, acted in, styled and pretty much anything else you can think of by the super talented Xavier Dolan. Yes you can rest assured this amazingly focused 24-year-old will never let himself be out of work!
The plot of Heartbeats centres around two friends who both fall in love with the same man. Things are about to get a wee bit tense and complicated so, me thinks! The two friends Francis (Xavier Dolan) and Marie (Monia Chokri) fall in love with the very chilled out and sexual Nicolas (Niels Schneider) who they first meet at a dinner party. From there they begin to fight for his affections damaging their own friendship in the process and leading to them needing to re-establish their strong bond.
Francis is my favourite character. He’s an intriguing character and Dolan plays him so realistically. Francis is shy, reserved, sensitive and looking for love. However, he isn’t going to find that with the manipulating Nicolas who seems to get a kick out of playing each of them off each other. He puts on this facade of been unaware of what is going on when in fact he is very aware of it and encouraging them both via subtle actions to fight each other for him. Marie is a more chattier character than Francis. While Francis is more a character which wears his heart on his sleeve, Marie keeps a lot of her emotions back and smokes a lot to keep her nerves in check.
Everything about the film is brilliant from the writing to the acting to the style and everything inbetween. I’m obsessed with it. I keep re-renting it from the video store at various intervals in the year because I can’t find anywhere to buy it as of yet!