Love Songs (film)
|Les Chansons d'amour|
|Directed by||Christophe Honoré|
|Produced by||Paulo Branco|
|Written by||Christophe Honoré|
|Music by||Alex Beaupain|
|Edited by||Chantal Hymans|
|Distributed by||Bac Films|
|Box office||$3 million|
Love Songs (French: Les Chansons d'amour) is a 2007 French musical film directed by Christophe Honoré, starring Louis Garrel, Ludivine Sagnier, Clotilde Hesme and Chiara Mastroianni. It was one of the 20 films selected for the main competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
The film is divided into three parts: The Departure, The Absence and The Return.
The film begins with Julie Pommeraye walking the streets of Paris; she goes to a cinema and from the tickets queue calls her boyfriend Ismaël Bénoliel on her cell phone. He is at work with Alice, but when Julie asks him he lies and says he is alone. Julie responds that he pisses her off. Later that night, Ismaël runs into Julie on his way home. They discuss Julie’s frustrations about their relationship and eventually, already in their apartment, become reconciled. Shortly afterwards Alice arrives; they all get into bed together, read a different book each and fight about each one's place in bed.
The next day Julie and Ismaël have breakfast with Julie’s family; Julie gets frustrated and leaves for the kitchen, followed by her older sister, Jeanne. Julie tells Jeanne and later her mother about Alice and the threesome. In the night, after Ismaël, Julie and Alice leave a bar where they were eating, Julie starts complaining about Ismaël's relationship with Alice; Ismaël responds that so is she and that she is the only one he loves, Alice tells them that she is only there to bring them together. They go to a concert where Alice befriends a guy named Gwendal. Julie starts feeling bad, so she and Ismaël decide to leave.
Going to work, Ismaël runs into Jeanne on her way to the apartment. At work he tells about this Alice who doesn't like it; they argue then comfort each other. Since Jeanne is staying in Ismaël’s apartment he doesn't want to spend the night there and Alice takes him to Gwendal’s apartment.
Ismaël spends the entire night awake; in the morning he meets Erwann, Gwendal’s younger brother, who before leaving for school offers him his room so he can sleep in his bed. When Erwann returns and wakes Ismaël up he borrows some clean clothes from Erwann and leaves for work. When he returns from it he is secretly followed then met by Erwann who asks him if he can go home with him; Ismaël rejects this. He gets to his apartment to find Jeanne still there, which annoys him and he goes to Erwann’s apartment to spend the night there again.
Ismaël goes to work to find Erwann waiting for him; he tells Erwann that he is flattered by his attention but neither interested nor in need of him. Alice, having broken up with Gwendal, thinks Erwan had been sent there to pick up their apartment keys; she gives them to Ismaël to pass them on to Erwann. Leaving work Ismaël finds Erwann waiting for him again; he gives him the keys then takes them back and they both go to Ismaël’s apartment. Meanwhile, Alice receives a phone call from Julie’s mother; the two of them meet at a restaurant, where Julie’s mother asks her to take care of Ismaël. Jasmine, Julie’s other sister, comes to tell her mother that her father is upset that she isn’t at home so late at night, so she leaves, leaving Alice and Jasmine talking alone for a while...
References to Jacques Demy's work
This film refers to many other cinematographic works but the most obvious one is the Jacques Demy’s film « The Umbrellas of Cherbourg » and, more widely, to Jacques Demy’s work.
The layout of both films is divided into three parts : The Departure, The Absence, and The Return. Furthermore, as a nod to the French actress Catherine Deneuve (the main character of « The Umbrellas of Cherbourg »), her daughter, Chiara Mastroianni performs in the role of Julie’s sister. They two have a scene where they wear the Epiphany crown, being filmed the same way.
This film is also in tribute to « The Young Girls of Rochefort » as some sailors appear unexpectedly in a street in Paris, and to « Lola » and « A Room In Town », two other musical films of Jacques Demy, because Julie’s last name (Pommeraye) is also the name of The « Passage Pommeraye » of Nantes, seen in these films.
- Louis Garrel as Ismaël Bénoliel
- Ludivine Sagnier as Julie Pommeraye
- Clotilde Hesme as Alice
- Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet as Erwann
- Chiara Mastroianni as Jeanne
- Brigitte Roüan as Julie's mother
- Alice Butaud as Jasmine, Julie's sister
The film grossed a total of $2,966,934 worldwide — $104,567 in the United States and Canada and $2,862,367 in other territories.
|Award / Film Festival||Category||Recipients and nominees||Result|
|Cannes Film Festival||Palme d'Or||Nominated|
|Cabourg Film Festival||Best Director||Christophe Honoré||Won|
|César Award||Most Promising Actor||Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet||Nominated|
|Most Promising Actress||Clotilde Hesme||Nominated|
|Best Original Music||Alex Beaupain||Won|
|Best Sound||Guillaume Le Braz, Valérie Deloof, Agnès Ravez and Thierry Delor||Nominated|
|Globes de Cristal Award||Best Actress||Ludivine Sagnier||Nominated|
|Lumières Award||Most Promising Actress||Clotilde Hesme||Nominated|
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