Started in 2007 to keep a track of gay films that I watched, this blog has come much further than I had planned. There are tons of movies that I need to watch and review here. Through this blog, I want to give you genuine, my personal heart-felt review of the films that I see. These are my personal thoughts and opinions about the films and I would love to hear your thoughts on these films as well. I always reply to comments in a day or two. Please help me make my blog more popular by becoming a member, following it and by recommending it to your friends. As far as I know this is one of the very very few gay movie review blogs where reviews are not linked or copy-paste imdb summary. Enjoy and do keep writing your feedback.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Les Chansons D'amour (French) [Love Songs]

I remember a few days ago, I saw a French gay musical and liked it a lot. This is another French musical, although this one doesn't really fall in the gay category. This story is a perfect blend of playfulness, joy, sexuality and complete and utter tragedy. . All of this is weaved in through the story and, more importantly, the songs themselves which even though you don't understand the language, you can't help but fall in love with them.

Ismael and Julie are a couple. Ismael works a lot in publication with ALice. Instead of being jealous, Julie invites her over for a 3way relationship. Things are going fine betwen the 3 sometimes fun, sometimes jealousy but its all good. Julie seems to accept Alice in the trio to please Ismael, but she wants him to herself and regrets his refusal to have a child. Julie can't take this anymore and one night dies of heart attack. Alice moves out of the aptt because it is the right thing to do and also she wants to get away from Ismael's charm. Ismael is trying to move forward but Julie's sister Jeanne who suffers from survivor guilt keeps showing up in their aptt. To save himself Ismael goes to Alice who is now dating a guy. Though they don't go any further, this new guy's gay brother Erwann conceives a passion for Ismael and begins stalking him. Ismael realizes what Erwann's up to, though, and at first laughs it off and tells him to get lost. But Ismael is lost himself. He can't go back to his aptt because however hard he tries, he just cannot forget Julie. Her memory keeps haunting him. He is lost: doesn't know where he is going or even for his sexuality. Erwann finally convinces him of moving on. While making passionate love Ismael begs to be cleansed of the painful memory of his lost love. As the film ends, he's actually settling into what's become both a romantic and a sexual affair with the determined Erwann--one of those young gay boys who knows early on exactly who he is and what he wants--and begs him, in the film's final line, "Love me less, but love me a long time."

This is a typically powerful French film proving France as a great film making country. I am more and more impressed with French films. The more I watch them, the more I want to watch. Everyone is great in their performances. I loved the family interactions, the love and naughtiness everyone shares in the film. You could feel the pain that Ismael and Julie's family go through after her death. Specially struggle for Ismael after losing Julie and then finding Erwann. This film is just too good. It will make you believe in love, love between 2 people regardless of gender. As I am writing the review, I think I realize I liked this movie even more than I thought I did.

Please watch this one. And please suggest me more good French cinema. (8/10)


Onome said...

try un amore a taire, and commes les autres

Golu said...

I guess I iwll have to. I am always up for suggestions. Now I just need to find out these films

Gandhi said...

i'm so happy to see that you like the same movies that i do :)
i've been away for a while, but i'm sure gonna note down a few movies while i'm skimming through your blog :))

Golu said...

because they are genuinely good movies. Feel free o leave some suggestions as well for me.

can i mail you?