Les Chansons d'Amour (Love Songs)
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Though Love Songs (aka Les Chansons d'Amour) is not a film operetta per se, director Christophe Honoré and composer/lyricist/vocalist Alex Beaupain use that film to pay homage to the French movie musical as conceived by Jacques Demy in his classic Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (1967). The Honoré film concerns a series of hopelessly romantic Parisian characters who are unable to convey their feelings to one another in everyday situations, and who thus use musical numbers as outlets -- as vehicles of emotional expression. Beaupain composed the score; a number of the songs that are included… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Conceived by Honore as a tribute to a dead friend, the helmer is perhaps too close to his subject, never quite able to bring himself to linger on the grief that should be at pic's core."
‑ Jay Weissberg, Variety
"Yes, it's weird. But it's wild card weird, with that thrill of never knowing what's coming next or when these Parisians are going to get musical on us."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"The terrific credit sequence sets the tone and the movie almost catches up."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Starts well but loses its way in the middle section and never quite recovers, despite some catchy songs and decent performances."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"There's little doubt that Love Songs' reliance on mind-bogglingly ineffective musical numbers inevitably triggers its downfall..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"This inexpressibly tender and lovely picture suggests that [Honoré's] developing into a major talent, one who can make the spirit of classic French movies come alive in a new world."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"You'll laugh. You'll swoon."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Another pansexual odyssey from Christopher Honoré; this one has singing"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"It's a story which Honoré describes as personal, so we must assume that there is some truth at least in the premise. But the decision to set the story to music undermines the emotional honesty that the piece might otherwise have had."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"It's one thing to emote through singing, but competing with the memory of a beloved classic is more than his gorgeous and talented cast can overcome."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"As dark as these themes seem, in Honoré's capable hands, they become almost frothy and the perfect elements for a surprisingly joyous musical."
‑ David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
"Love Songs finds the magic that the great screen musicals have -- the way a sad song can nonetheless leave an audience happy, or the way two voices blending seems to create something so much bigger."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Sweetly plays on stereotypes of the French as obsessed with romance, or at least movie musicals, so regardless of any consistency or logic, love and singing conquer all."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"Sokaristiko ohi gia tin tolmi ton eikonon, i ton ideon toy, alla giati katebazei ti diastimiki apithanotita toy na brethei sokolatoyho gala ston Ari, kai soy ti serbirei me ayga kai mpeikon, les kai to pio anorthodokso pragma s' ayto, einai oti to stayrol"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Oh, what a sweet, sad, sexy movie!"
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
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