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Love Songs (2008)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 208969965
UPC: 796019814768
UPC 14: 00796019814768
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Editor's Note
Director Christophe Honoré pays homage to French cinema of the 1960s with LOVE SONGS (LES CHANSONS D'AMOUR). Though it borrows its structure from Jacques Demy's classic THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG, this modern musical paints its sad story in much darker colors than its predecessor. LOVE SONGS begins with Parisian lovers Ismaël (Louis Garrel, THE DREAMERS) and Julie (Ludivine Sagnier, SWIMMING POOL) adding a third person to their relationship to add spice to their dying romance. Alice (Clotilde Hesme, REGULAR LOVERS) works with Ismaël in his job at a newspaper, and she shows instant chemistry with both partners. But tragedy soon divides the lovers, and Ismaël is left to cope in the best way he can: through love.

While LOVE SONGS echoes the three-act format of THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG--"the departure," "the absence," and "the return"--Honoré's film is a much bleaker, more realistic offering. The candy colors of Cherbourg are gone, replaced by a dreary looking Paris, where it constantly rains and the characters are forever lacking umbrellas. Even though Garrel, Saigner, Hesme, and the rest of the cast burst into song, the film has far more in common with Honoré's other dramas than with typical musicals. In his third collaboration with the director after DANS PARIS and MA MERE, Garrel is a fascinating physical and emotional presence. He ably leaps between Ismaël's sadness and the lightness of physical comedy. Fans of French cinema may recognize costar Chiara Mastroianni, who is the daughter of legend Catherine Deneuve, the luminous star of THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal (Music)
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/11/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 91 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2008
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 81476
Video UPC UPC: 00796019814768
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: French
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: French
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Louis Garrel
Video Cast Info Chiara Mastroianni
Video Cast Info Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet
Video Cast Info Clotilde Hesme
Video Cast Info Jean-Marie Winling
Video Cast Info Alice Butaud
Video Cast Info Yannick Renier
Video Cast Info Brigitte Rouan
Video Cast Info Ludivine Sagnier
Video Cast Info Paulo Branco - Producer
Video Cast Info Alexandre Beaupain - Composer
Video Cast Info Remy Chevrin - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Christophe Honoré - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Alexandre Beaupain - Lyricist
Video Cast Info Christophe Honoré - Director

Professional Reviews

Film Comment
"[A] musical by stealth....The actors quietly begin singing, with complete sincerity and without undue concern for vocal technique, when they find themselves unable to express their emotions." 03/01/2008 p.73

New York Times
"The melodies are charming....It takes some nerve nowadays to conceive a musical that is both realistic and earnest....LOVE SONGS is a worthy and intriguing experiment..." 03/21/2008

Entertainment Weekly
"[The filmmakers] update the spirit of Jacques Demy's THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG for a new youthquake generation." 03/28/2008 p.51

Los Angeles Times
"So well integrated are the songs, which enrich the story and its characters immeasurably, that dialogue flows into them with an easy naturalness. An attractive and talented young cast brings this graceful film alive in all its tenderness and emotion." 04/04/2008

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Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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