Dir. Xavier Dolan (2010); 101 min
FRIDAY, July 25th at 7 & 9:30pm
SATURDAY, July 26th at 7 & 9:30pm
SUNDAY, July 27th at 3pm
French Canadian director, Xavier Dolan knows that he is young. Now twenty-five years old, Dolan has already cranked out five films, his most recent of which awarded him the Jury Prize at Cannes this year. At the age of twenty-one Dolan wrote, directed, and edited his second feature film Heartbeats. While promoting this hip romantic comedy back in 2010, Dolan was asked how he felt about the final cut of his film to which he responded that he is proud of the film and that, “I think a lot of things didn’t work, but I think some things do work very well.” Dolan explained that his writing ought to be empirical at his age as he hasn’t lived a lot of things or experienced enough things to write something fictional therefore the director stated, “I write about things that are very close to me.” Heartbeats reads as such. This exceptionally personal film explores the pleasure and pain of unrequited love through its indulgently excessive slow-motion cinematography and mix-tape-esque soundtrack. Keep your eyes open for famous French film actor, Louis Garrel’s invaluable cameo appearance at the end of the film.