Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Intriguing: Les Chansons d'Amour

My daughters and I went to the movies Sunday evening, thinking we were going to see an upbeat take on love songs. My eldest daughter had -- apparently -- read the reviews, and Les Chansons d'Amour (Love Songs) sounded like a fun flick.

Not exactly fun, it turns out, but fascinating. The French don't make many musicals, and this one is a far cry from Les parapluies de Cherbourg. It is the first musical I know of to deal with death, mourning, and an authentic ménage à trois, all the while putting a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

I had to laugh at IMDB's "plot keywords" for the film: Lesbian / Homosexual/ Cigarette Smoking / Paris France/ Gay... and more! Only in the more do we find what I felt the film was about: death, love, and songs.

I'd say it's French cinema at its best: smoky, it's true -- yet strange and sensual.


Papadesdeux said...

I think the film is great. Nothing to to do with the 3-some aspect. Of course I never want a reality show (enough of that at home) I want an interpretation of life. Definitely more complex and of course up-to-date than the old Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Although I like that as well.

Betty Carlson said...

I have nothing against "Umbrellas" either! The two films just show how the times have changed...