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In the freewheeling Paris of the '60s, young Madeleine (Ludivine Sagnier) - who has gone from selling shoes to sleeping with men for money - falls for a handsome Czech doctor, Jaromil (Rasha Bukvic), who she soon marries and joins in Prague. A baby daughter is born, but Jaromil's infidelities and the arrival of Russian tanks in Prague leaded Madeleine back to France - though the love between them still burns. Thirty years later in London, we follow Madeleine's daughter, Vera (Chiara Mastroianni), who has fallen in love with a musician (Paul Schneider) who is incapable of devoting… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Characters traipse around city streets singing 60s-style pop tunes in this ungainly, overconceived musical."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Somehow manages to feel sprawling and epic, while at the same time presenting an intimately observed view of two women's love lives."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"A bit heavy-handed when the tone of the piece isn't wavering uneasily between light and dark."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"Honoré's melodramatic excesses are tempered by the subtle performances of his leading ladies."
‑ Betsy Sherman, Boston Phoenix
"Story, structure, and dialogue deflate whatever fizzy sexiness the actors try to inject."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Honoré's a genuinely gifted eccentric of a filmmaker, but on the evidence of "Beloved," he could use a nap."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Skips around the decades, taking a minimalist approach to history - mostly by demonstrating how recent traumatic events have inconvenienced the love lives of its central characters."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"The film as a whole is a lugubrious French-pop disaster."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"To see Deneuve singing in a train station again cannot help but recall "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" and Jacque Demy's film is honored as well in Alex Beaupain's songs with lyrics which propel the story encased in breezy pop tunes."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The songs may not be particularly memorable; however, they serve their purpose in bolstering the emotional drive of the piece, and the film's effect would be neither as unique nor as lasting had they not been there."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The plot of "Beloved," I'm afraid, may try your patience."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's a film full of turbulence and passion, as a mother and daughter embark on their separate journeys - their pasts and futures, their happiness and sorrow, intertwined."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Mining the French New Wave for material and inspiration invites death by comparison."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"What starts out as a perky musical, slides downward into a morass of misplaced romantic desires over the course of four decades."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Well-acted and initially refreshing, but uneven, unfocused and too long."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
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