Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan’s new French-Canadian film, Heartbeats, is making some big waves, not only in the independent film industry, but in the mainstream media as well. Dolan, who wrote, directed and stars in the film, is only 21 years old and is being refereed to as a prodigy by critics.
Dolan’s 2009 film, I Killed My Mother, received rave reviews and quite a few awards at the Cannes International Film Festival. Heartbeats definitely seems like it’s heading in the same direction of success as it also won the youth award at Cannes and is also being lauded by critics. (Entertainment Weekly says, “Xavier Dolan…is back with another madly stylish Montreal-made delight , happily under the influence of Godard, Audrey Hepburn, and Wong Kar-wai.)
Heartbeats follows friends Marie (Monia Chokri) and Francis (Dolan) as they both fall for blond-haired beauty Nicolas (Niels Schneider). Stylistically shot though a slightly film noir set up, the movie intensely follows the love triangle’s journey as Nicolas dates both Marie and Francis at the same time.
It definitely looks like an interesting film about bisexuality and Dolan is emerging as the future of gay cinema, even with his pensions for old-school technique. Heartbeats is enjoying a limited release in theaters and is also available on cable via Video On Demand.
Here’s the trailer: