Les Amours Imaginaires (Xavier Dolan, 2010)

Les Amours Imaginaires – Xavier Dolan, 2010An infallible formula for an easy and fresh comedy that launched the trendiest indie director of the moment Xavier Dolan.

Acclaimed and very well received by the youngest audience, Xavier Dolan can boast of bringing a breath of fresh air to contemporary cinema consecrating himself as a director at the age of 25. Today we revisit his second film, “Heartbeats” (“Les Amours Imaginaires, 2010) with which the director definitely reached international fame.

In “Heartbeats” friends Francis (Xavier Dolan) and Marie (Monia Chokri) fall madly and stupidly in love with the same guy, Nicolas (Niels Schneider), an attractive young man who meets all the requirements to be cool: tall, handsome, blond, with a casual skater look, he smoked, drinks, lives alone and considers himself cultivated poet… He stirs up passions but disappoints as much as he promises. Francis and Marie, best friends at the beginning, fight for the attention of their new lover friends to the point that – as expected – their friendship is afflicted and finally broken. This familiar and fleeting suffering is reviewed by Dolan from a comical and relaxed tone, also achieved by inserting testimonies of other victims of the ”imaginary loves”. It is an imperfect but fresh film, a sort of “The Dreamers”(Bernardo Bertolucci, 2003) badly written that appeals to the emotions and frustrations of new generations.

As for the how of the movie you can say that Xavier Dolan – director, producer, actor and supervisor for costume and art – has had the great ability to read his society and attract it with a new formula that converges both contemporary and vintage cool indie movement, with the conceptual and human emptiness of the incapable and bored youth. It’s a film served on a silver platter for cinephiles frustrated with contemporary cinema, a young provocative film that has been – perhaps in a exaggerated way – described as genuine.

Whether he is a genius or not, Xavier Dolan – who just released his (already) seventh movie “Mommy” (2014) – is the director on trend, the young promise. His career should be followed with the hope of finding not only new forms but also new contents that shall bring people back to cinema out of non-commercial artistic interests. Whether we may consider or not the proposal of the young Canadian director as valid, it is perhaps a good start to arouse contagion and give back to cinema the importance and prestige that it deserves.

unnamedUn fórmula infalible para una comedia sencilla y fresca que lanzó al director indie de moda Xavier Dolan.

Aclamado y bien acogido por el público más joven, Xavier Dolan puede presumir de haber traído un soplo de aire fresco al cine contemporáneo y de haberse consagrado como director con tan solo 25 años. Hoy revisitamos su segundo film, “Los Amores Imaginarios” (Les Amours Imaginaires, 2010) con el que el director salto definitivamente a la fama.

En “Los Amores Imaginarios” los dos amigos Francis (Xavier Dolan) y Marie (Monia Chokri) se enamoran tonta y perdidamente del mismo chico, Nicolas (Niels Schneider), un joven atractivo que cumple todos y cada uno de los requisitos para ser cool: alto, guapo, rubio, con un estilo despreocupado de aires skaters, fuma, bebe, vive solo y se las da de culto y poeta… Una bomba de relojería que levanta pasiones y que decepciona tanto como promete. Francis y Marie, en un principio uña y carne, se disputan la atención de su nuevo amigo hasta el punto en que – como cabía esperar – su propia amistad se ve afligida y finalmente rota. Este familiar sufrimiento pasajero causado por el idealismo platónico de los jóvenes es revisado por Dolan desde un tono cómico y relajado, que logra también gracias a los insertos de testimonios de víctimas de los mismos “amores imaginarios”. Es un film imperfecto pero fresco, un especie de “The Dreamers” (Bernardo Bertolucci, 2003) mal dibujado que apela a las emociones y frustraciones de las nuevas generaciones.

En cuanto a la forma se puede decir que Xavier Dolan – director, productor, actor y supervisor de vestuario y arte de la película – ha tenido la genial destreza de leer su sociedad y de atraerla con una nueva fórmula en la que confluye el indie cool tanto contemporáneo como vintage, con el vacío conceptual y humano de unos jóvenes incapaces y aburridos. Es un film servido en bandeja para cinéfilos frustrados con el mediocre cine actual, un cine joven y provocador que ha sido – quizás exageradamente – calificado de genuino.

Sea un genio o no, Xavier Dolan – que acaba de estrenar su ya séptimo film “Mommy” (2014) – es el director de moda, la joven promesa. Conviene seguir su carrera con la esperanza de encontrar no sólo formas, sino también nuevos contenidos que acerquen la pantalla a los jóvenes desde intereses artísticos y no comerciales. Nos parezca válida o no la propuesta del joven director canadiense, es quizás un buen comienzo para provocar el contagio y devolver al cine la importancia y prestigio que se merece.

by Nicolás Solís

 

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