Gorgeous Trailer for Xavier Dolan's 'Les Amours Imaginaires'

April 30, 2010
Source: The Playlist

Les Amours Imaginaires Trailer

Whoa. This is one of those teaser trailers that will certainly amaze you. Well, at least that's what happened to me. Courtesy of our friends at The Playlist comes this absolutely stunning, must watch teaser trailer for Xavier Dolan's new upcoming Cannes film Les Amours Imaginaires, or just Heartbeats in the US. I'm not even really sure what this is about, but it looks like a synopsis clears things up: The story of three close friends who are involved in a love-triangle. Obviously not everyone is going to like this, but I'm now much more excited to see this in Cannes in a few weeks! It looks like it will be incredible. Just watch this!

Watch the teaser trailer for Xavier Dolan's Les Amours Imaginaires:

Les Amours Imaginaires (which translates to Imaginary Loves), or known as Heartbeats in the US, is both written and directed by Xavier Dolan, who also stars in the film as Francis, a young Canadian filmmaker out of Québec with only another indie title J'ai Tué Ma Mère (or I Killed My Mother) to his directing credit so far. This will be premiering at the Cannes Film Festival in a few weeks in the Un Certain Regard category. The film has a Canadian distributor, but it doesn't have a US distributor yet. The song featured in the trailer is "Bang Bang" by French singer Sheila. I'll definitely let you know what I think after seeing this in Cannes!

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  • Chazzy O
    Jaw-dropping?? I think .... I think that may be exaggerating. Great trailer, looks real good. But jaw dropping? hahahaha.
  • Mike Hawk
    Mike Hawk agrees with Chazzy O
  • Wow...there really seems to be an abundance of foreign film trailers lately and the only American film news we hear is about projects dying and major roles being cast over seas. I hope the studios wake up soon and start producing some of the original scripts out there or all will be lost for lala land. I can't remember the last trailer you showed on a Sunday that was produced in America. If I was given a choice of seeing the magic 8 ball movie or this film, it would be an easy decision (even if I had to swim to Europe to see it because you know distributing a film like this in America is laughable nowadays).
  • #3 - Is that a good thing or bad thing though? You're kinda vague on whether showing nothing but foreign trailers on Sundays is a good thing or not... :)
  • It's really just an observation...I really enjoy the foreign trailers, but the entire time I'm watching them I'm sad that American film is's bittersweet really.
  • And the three character posters are gorgeous too! 😉
  • Plus it pisses me off that it'll be nearly impossible for me to see this unless I find a pirated version online. I guess I'm getting a taste of what it's been like for foreigners in the past to see American indie cinema.
  • sanjay
    rip off of the dreamers anyone?
  • beavis
    looks good - but it's FAR from amazing.
  • arjones
    I would like to see a better trailer but from this I am curious to see it.
  • vladimir
    awesome trailer. The song is basically the same song as the one from Kill Bill except in french?
    • Rachel Bubu
      It's a great quebecor movie! Have to say that I'm glad we are making such nice movies that are crossing the lines of Québec. I hope you'll be able to watch it. And no, the song is not in french but in Portuguese.
      • Rachel Bubu
        oups no in italien
  • Cineprog
    This isn't my cup of tea, they are plenty of these type of films around. What a waste of film.
  • DoomCanoe o....k...
  • Sean
    Was something supposed to happen?
  • Didn't really expect so many people to dislike this, but oh well, I'm still looking forward to seeing it in Cannes anyway, I thought this trailer was great.
  • AgentMcQueen
    I think it's mainly because you usually put trailers up for action/adventure blockbusters that get loads of comments. A trailer for an foreign indie just isn't... It does look stunning, but I get the feeling the story is more or less the same as any other indie love story.
  • SasQ
    J'ai tué ma mère was a phenomenal movie, with a great work on cinematography and art direction. It was like seeing an art video unfold in front of you. This doesn't look like anything but the same quality that Dolan is now known for. #16 For Agent, I think you should watch Dolan's first movie. The story, while making the movie advance, is not as important as the acting, the imaging or the music in Dolan's film. Also, if this is the same as his first movie, it will be a realistic and straightforward story, without the glamour and the hollywood sparkles. #11 And Vladimir, are you serious? Have you ever heard french before? This is probably italian, or maybe spanish.
  • SasQ
    Alex, the song is Bang Bang, but it's the italian version by Dalida, not the french version (which sounds a lot more pop).
  • Charles Provost
    The song is the Italian version of Bang Bang (a Nancy Sinatra original) by singer DALIDA, not Sheila.
  • Andrea
    Thank you Charles for correcting the song's artist, since it is in Italian and Sheila's version is in French. I saw this movie when it came out in theatres. I was curious because it was filmed in my neighbourhood. I think it is noteworthy that the director Xavier Dolan is in his early twenties and this is only his second feature film to date. He writes his scripts, casts the film, does the directing, plays in his movie, does the editing, set design and promotional material design as well! Talk about a (quasi) one-man production. Indeed the trailer introduces a stunning movie, which it is! Really, quite beautiful, and I liked it better than J'ai tué ma mère. I thought the acting was good and the dialogues were great. I must say though, that I don't think this will appeal to an American public, because there are references to French authors, Quebecois culture and even a subtle reference to his first film that won't come across. This is no re-hashing of déjà-vu indie love stories. The character developpement and interactions are witty and I'm really quite impressed. The intricate love triangle is at it's most original and beautiful. I did not however like the use of coloured spot lights in the movie and annoying zooms. I was bored through some parts and would simply start thinking of other things, which isn't a good sign, and this happened in Dolan's last movie. For those who have followed his short but promising career, you'll know that his scripts are inspired by his life and because Quebec and Cannes have put him on a pedestal, his movies are very egocentric (as he is always the protagonist, playing versions of his true self), which will eventually get on everyone's nerves. Despite this, a must-see for a glimpse of a great young French-Canadian talent, undoubtedly a Cannes regular in the years to come.




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