Three Hearts (2014)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

Original title:  3 Coeurs

France, 2014Rectangle Productions, Wild Bunch, Pandora Filmproduktion, Scope Pictures, Arte France Cinéma, WDR / Arte, Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, Canal+, Ciné+, Arte France, Soficinéma 10, Cinémage 8, Palatine Étoile 11, Région Rhône-Alpes, Région Ile-de-France, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Filmförderungsanstalt.  Screenplay by , Benoit Jacquot.  Cinematography by Julien Hirsch.  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Having missed his train that was to take him back to Paris,  wanders the streets of a country town and happens upon .  The two enjoy a romantic encounter, walking and talking all night and agreeing to meet in the City of Lights the following week.  When an anxiety attack prevents him from making their rendez-vous, she makes up her mind about moving to Minneapolis with her husband and he goes back to her town in search of her but finds  instead.  Mastroianni is actually Gainsbourg’s sister, which Poelvoorde is not aware of until he is engaged to her, having met the delightful antique-store owner by saving her from tax penalties.  Things get super awkward when Gainsbourg returns to France for her sister’s wedding and inspires a highly dramatic reunion with her sister and new brother-in-law, all of it under the watchful eye of Catherine Deneuve as the girls’ mother, seemingly innocuous with her constant insistence on food but secretly ahead of everyone else’s lies.  Intelligent acting and beautiful cinematography do nothing to keep a ridiculously melodramatic film from destroying your patience very quickly: there are lot of unnecessary emotional outbursts and inexplicable conflicts (like, for instance, why this perpetually rumpled and not particularly charming man is at the centre of such a heated circumstance to begin with), and the high caliber of actors involved only make the situations seem that much more ridiculous.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2014

Venice Film Festival:  In Competition

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