Christophe Honoré (shown at right) has been given a get-out-of-jail-free card -- for the rest of this film, at least. Which is good, because he occasionally needs it during the movie's two-hour and fifteen-minute running time. Very much in the style of his earlier and often enchanting Love Songs, Beloved has its characters now and then break into song to tell us their innermost thoughts, hopes and fears. As with Love Songs (and many of Honoré's films, the score is from composer Alex Beaupain, whose tiddly-wink melodies are pretty repetitive and sound an awfully lot alike from song to song.
Ludivine Sagnier (above, left) as Madeleine, a young woman who love shoes (two photos up), the more stylish the better. She takes to the street to support her style habit, then meets and falls in love with Jaromil an emigre physician (Rasha Bukvic, above right), who sweeps her off her feet and then off to Eastern Europe, where, rotter that he is, he fucks around on her regularly.
Chiara Mastroianni, above, left, here looking more like her father than I have yet seen. (At times, she could be Marcello in make-up and a blond wig.) Though ostensibly attached to best friend Clément (Honoré regular Louis Garrel, above, right),
Paul Schneider, above right. Mr. Schneider, somewhat in the manner that he accomplished in Bright Star, creates an indelible character in this confused but very game fellow.
Catherine Deneuve (above, center), while her dad (who makes regular visits to Paris from eastern Europe) has turned into everyone's favorite Czech director Milos Forman, above, left. (This latter morphing is the movie's most difficult to accept: tall, sexy Rasha into short, squat Milos? We don't think so.)
Sundance Selects, opens tomorrow, Friday, August 17, in New York City at the IFC Center and the Lincoln Plaza Cinema, and in Los Angeles at Landmark's NuArt Theatre, before making its way into foreign film venues around the country in a limited release.