This modernist musical about love and loss in Paris centers around a young couple, Ismael and Julie, who in the hope of sparking their stalled relationship, enter a playful yet emotionally laced threesome with Alice. When tragedy strikes, these young Parisians are forced to deal with the fragility of life and love. For Ismael, this means negotiating through the advances of Julie's sister and a young college student – one of which may offer him redemption.
|Original Title||:||Les chansons d'amour|
|Release Date||:||May 23, 2007|
|Production Company||:||Alma Films|
|Writers||:||Christophe Honoré, Christophe Honoré|
|Casts||:||Louis Garrel, Ludivine Sagnier, Chiara Mastroianni, Clotilde Hesme, Brigitte Roüan, Alice Butaud, Jean-Marie Winling, Yannick Renier, Annabelle Hettmann, Esteban Carvajal-Alegria, Sylvain Tempier, Guillaume Clérice, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet|
|Plot Keywords||:||paris, gay, cigarette, musical, song, sister, love, death|
I wish I could see this film at least another 3 or 4 times, before making this comment, but I can't wait telling the world (ah ah) how much I loved it! This film is a huge and wonderful homage to a great deal of things. 'Great things' such as love, life, death... and more 'minor things' (?) such as youth, friendship, music, Paris, actors and actresses, directors such as Stanley Donen, Jacques Demy, etc. And still, this film manages to stay incredibly fresh, new, full of veiled references (I couldn't help smiling with delight, when seeing Chiara Mastroianni under her transparent umbrella, a reference to her mother, Catherine Deneuve, in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg). And the film goes on like that, like on a tight rope, with actors perched on their frail voices, never ridiculous, always moving and/or witty. It keeps moving (never a dull moment) and it keeps moving you. Never vulgar, never cheap, never shocking. A marvel of lightness. Could it be the unbearable lightness of what we call life?