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Rendez-Vous, Part Une: 3 Cœurs

Well, my “Rendezvous with French Cinema, 2015” is now over and done. So for the next few days, I will be regaling you all with a few reviews of the films I saw (unfortunately, time constraints prevented me from attending any panels or Q&As.

Let’s start things off with the opening night feature, 3 Coeurs (Three Hearts), directed by Benoît Jacquot (co-written with co-written with Julien Boivent); the notable all star cast includes Benoît Poelvoorde, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve.

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Tax inspector Marc (Poelvoorde) and antiques dealer Sylvie (Gainsbourg) meet by chance one night when Marc misses his train to Paris. It turns out to be a magical night indeed (on the eve of his 47th birthday no less), over the course of which, the two form a connection. Determined not to let this moment pass, they schedule a second meeting, at the Tuileries Gardens in central Paris; really, it is the perfect meeting place.

With echoes of Leo McCarey classic Love Affair (and its more popular remake, An Affair to Remember), our lovers’ stars are not aligned, leading to a missed encounter.

What follows is the aftermath of this lost opportunity. In fact, fate is not finished playing with our “coulda-shoulda-woulda” lovers. There is more in store – albeit rather unfortunate (for them), meaning their lives will be intertwined in the most inconvenient of ways.

Sure, this description is vague, but I am afraid any greater detail will take away from your potential enjoyment of the story. For some, the twists and turns will feel a little too predictable; I guess that is generally how I felt. But this film is worth the price of admission if for no other reason than to see the performances of the above-listed talent on display. In addition, the locations are a sight to behold. As much as I love seeing Paris on the big screen, I equally appreciate when we are taken outside of the city center and given a flavor for locales that are a bit more provincial.

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Three Hearts was released in the United States last Friday (March 15th); check listings for theaters and showtimes.

 

Photo credit: Cohen Media Group

Merry Month of March

Sure, every month here at i luv cinema is merry. But March 2015 is jam-packed; here is a preview of what is to come.

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema (March 6-15) – a co-curated event between the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance Films, Rendez-vous is celebrating its 20th year of bringing contemporary French cinema to North America. Starting with the opening night premiere of 3 Hearts, there is plenty to regale yourself with over the proceeding ten days whether you are a Francophile, cinephile or both! I am most looking forward to the aforementioned 3 Hearts, as well as Breathe, The Connection and Love at First Fight.

If you are unable to snag a ticket to a desired screening at Lincoln Center, additional screenings and discussions can be seen at BAM and the IFC Center.

 

Effie Gray (screening in late March; review to come in April) – scribed by Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson goes back to the Victorian England to look at possibly the most the notorious scandals of the time, involving the marriage of Effie Gray (Dakota Fanning) and art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise). The film features an all-star cast including Emma Thompson, Tom Sturridge, David Suchet, Sir Derek Jacobi, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Riccardo Scamarcio and Claudia Cardinale.

 

TCM Film Festival (March 26-29) – I have only been once, but from my experience, the TCM fan community is awesome and I look forward hanging out in Los Angeles with my party peeps! I could attempt to give provide a summary view of what’s in store, but why bother, especially when there wonderfully crafted, comprehensive sites I can refer you to? Of course, the main festival website is a great start, but for a ‘boots on the ground’ perspective, I direct you to Will McKinley of cinematically insane for past and present coverage, as well as tips on how to maximize your festival experience.

This year’s theme is ‘History According to Hollywood’ and kicks of with a red carpet 50th anniversary screening of The Sound of Music.

Enough about me – what are you looking forward to this month?