Love Songs (Les Chansons D’Amour)


(out of 5)

Christophe Honore follows up more disturbing films like Ma Mere with this delightful musical that isn’t without some dark tones of its own.  ,  and Honore mainstay  are a menage a trois that the latter two created to save their struggling relationship. The situation works pretty well, even capturing Sagnier’s mother’s imagination, until a dramatic turn of events during an evening at a club puts everything into a new spin. It’s important not to give anything away, so I won’t say much more than that the entire film is peppered with lovely pop songs that accentuate the happy and sad movements of the plot, inspired heavily (right down to the chapter headings) by Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (and even including that film’s star Catherine Deneuve’s daughter  in the cast). Other New Wave filmmakers get heavy tribute here, lots of visual references to Godard and literary points of Truffaut’s, but Honore doesn’t pat himself on the back in any smug way for being so clever. Paris looks absolutely ravishing in all shades throughout, the performances are strong, and while the storyline is nothing to scream about, it’s far too pleasant not to be thoroughly enjoyed.

Alma Films, Flach Film, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Canal+, CinéCinéma, Coficup, Backup Media, Cofinova 3, Cofinova 4

France, 2007

Directed by 

Screenplay by Christophe Honore

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 2007, TIFF 2007



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