Beloved (15)

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Beloved

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This film was last shown on 24 May 2012

Starring Catherine Deneuve and (her real-life daughter) Chiara Mastroianni, this sly and exquisitely romantic musical drama from Christophe Honoré (Love Songs, Dans Paris) spans over three decades as it follows a mother and daughter's misadventures in love.

In the ‘60s, Madeleine (Ludivine Sagnier) leaves Paris to re-join her Czech husband Jaromil (Rasha Bukvic) in Prague, but his infidelities and the arrival of Russian tanks in the city lead her back to France. Thirty years later we follow the romance of Madeleine’s daughter, Vera, who falls in love with a musician (Paul Scneider) in London who is incapable of devoting himself to her. Meanwhile in Paris, a re-married Madeleine (Deneuve) has rekindled her love affair with Jaromil (Milos Forman). Louis Garrel and Paul Schneider also star in this light-hearted but ultimately moving exploration of the changing nature of relationships, with music by Alex Beaupain (Love Songs). An elegy to femininity and passion, with musical outbursts!

 

“One of the most attractive international casts in a French movie in years... Exquisitely romantic...Performed with relish by a star-studded cast... There is pleasure in hearing the terrific actors lay open their hearts through the downbeat music and lyrics, and, by the time Deneuve strolls through the Paris streets in her Vivier pumps, singing through tears and revisiting her reckless youth, Honoré achieves a lovely evocation of the star in Cherbourg, mourning the loss of l’homme de sa vie." Mike Goodridge, Screen International

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Director
Christophe Honoré
Year
2011
Duration
139 mins
Language
French | Czech | English
Cast
Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni, Ludivine Sagnier

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