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