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.
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 )