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Chansons D'Amour [DVD]

Clotilde Hesme , Brigitte Rouan , Christophe Honore    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Clotilde Hesme, Brigitte Rouan, Louis Garrel, Alice Butaud, Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet
  • Directors: Christophe Honore
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 14 April 2008
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013I22F4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,904 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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An unforgettable celebration of love, loss and new beginnings, 'Les Chansons d'Amour' is a joyful homage to the French New Wave and Jacques Demy's classic 'The Umbrellas of Cherbourg'. Louis Garrel plays Ismael, a young man at the centre of a ménage-a-trois with his long-time girlfriend Julie (Ludivine Sagnier) and his work colleague Alice (Clotilde Hesme). But Ismael is feeling restless and Julie confides in her sister (Chiara Mastroianni) that she is unhappy with the situation; shortly after, fate intervenes and profoundly changes the destinies of all concerned. Beautifully photographed on the streets of Paris and featuring songs by acclaimed musician Alex Beaupain brilliantly sung by the cast Christophe Honoré's beguiling film is a vibrant tale of longing and romance.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN, SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: The Paris of Christophe Honoré's "Love Songs" ("Les Chansons d'Amour") belongs unmistakably to the present. Its residents talk on cellphones and drop the name of Nicolas Sarkozy (still an aspirant to the Élysée Palace rather than an occupant when the movie was being shot). But they also dwell, just as noticeably, in the Paris of classic French movies - in a vague, bracing atmosphere of good old Nouvelle Vague. The opening titles present the surnames of the actors in unadorned block capitals, à la mid-'60s Jean-Luc Godard, while the camera poetically prowls the streets of the city. And, among other sly quotations, an early shot of a couple reading in bed evokes a memorable, much-reproduced image from François Truffaut's "Bed and Board." Except that, in this case, the couple is a threesome. The songs, written by Alex Beaupain, belong to a strain of contemplative, literate French pop that is, for music fans not from France, something of an acquired taste. The melodies are charming, though. And so, for the most part, is "Love Songs," even if it doesn't entirely work. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, Ceasar Awards, ...Love Songs ( Les Chansons d'amour )

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfectly made, bitter sweet French musical 19 Oct 2008
By Emily
An affecting and hypnotic musical from the talented French director Christophe Honoré. A lot of people compare it to "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," but I confess that I like this one better. Perhaps because the movie is more contemporary, and more daring in some respects (e.g. in its portrayl of "ménage à trois" and homosexual loves), yet the melancholy love story is tender and timeless. I love all the songs in the movie. They are soft, dreamy, sometimes quirky, sometimes sad, with beautiful lyrics. Although the actors are not professional singers, for my ears they sang wonderfully. And unlike in some French musicals, it feels very natural when the characters start singing in this movie. The movie is also beautifully shot, with many night or rainy scenes of Paris, not in the tourist-jammed parts, but in oridnary neighborhoods where Parisians actually live. I think the plot, the music and the cinematography all work very well together to make this a nearly perfect film that also appears to be a hommage to the French New Wave films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful film 5 Feb 2012
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Les Chansons d'amour is quite an elegiac film, but it is never depressing. The songs explore ambiguities of the heart and give an emotional voltage to it that is sustained right through to its wonderfully romantic final image. Musicals have a history of being more intellectual in France than their American counterparts; right from Les Parapluies de Cherbourg there was a sophistication and an attempt to deal with the harsher aspects of life and not take the box of candy approach, except in matters of decor ... here, by contrast, the colours are also very muted (except for the odd detail: Louis Garrel's lemon-coloured sweater, or Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet's orange undershorts), often beige, conveying a wintry Paris, or often the scenes are shot at night. Paris is like another character in the film. The whole thing feels incredibly alive, and it seems to yield more with repeated viewings. The developments in the story are surprising and well handled in terms of pacing, and there is a real sense of emotion, although it is never melodramatic and punctures the kind of black-and-white emotional states you get in that genre or, say, in opera. The menage a trois at the beginning refers back to nouvelle vague films but is here taken as a starting point. It is interesting to see how Honore shows family life as well as the romantic side of life, something we don't always see in films about young people. This too is done with considerable grace ... The actors are uniformly excellent - Louis Garrel has an iconic presence yet is quite low-key - and sing very well in the style. There's a wonderful scene where a dead person's head, enlarged, sings over his shoulder against the night sky. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT!! 21 Mar 2008
By pet2000
I do not normally like musicals but 'Les Chansos d'Amour' is exceptional in that the story is very good, acting is superb and music is quite funky. I don't want to give anything away, so all I say is that the movie is emotionally challanging and probably more intersting to young people. In France this movie has a 'cult' status similar to 'Rebel without a cause'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A black / grey Classic genre 23 Dec 2008
By lorenzo
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Even if some poetic meanings are lost in translation - you will go on a great journey with this black / grey "chanting" style movie
It has the "cherbourg umbrellas" singing style but for the rest we are in deep 2008.
A love triangle - sadness and love are the main subject of the film with superb photography - musicality and poetry.
This film will certainly be a Classic in its genre - a sexual freedom theme movie.
One of the best 2008 movies I have seen
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hey - this is really quite good! 11 Feb 2008
By simonpeggfan VINE VOICE
It's no 'Umbrellas of Cherbourg' - but then even Les Demoiselles de Rochefort wasn't, but this is still really nice. I wasn't too sure about it at the beginning but it soon livens up.

Good fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars french filmmaking at it's best 18 Feb 2014
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A wonderful but also dramatic movie about... well LOVE. Don't worry about the fact, that it is only available in french. Turn your subtitles on and even without speaking the language you will understand this movie, since it's pictures a wonderfully choreographed and a lot of the script is actually sung... Great cinema!
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