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Les Amours Imaginaires

Xavier Dolan

  • Country: Canada
  • Year: 2010
  • Language: French
  • Producer: Xavier Dolan, Daniel Morin, Carole Mondello
  • Screenplay: Xavier Dolan
  • Runtime: 102
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Wunderkind filmmaker Xavier Dolan returns with his second feature – a sophisticated comedy about close friends, Francis and Marie, who pursue their mutual obsession with a young man. As they face off in competition, cracks in their friendship begin to appear with both comic and tragic results.

screening times

    • Tuesday September 14
    • 6:45:00 PM
    • VARSITY 8
    • Wednesday September 15
    • 3:15:00 PM
    • AMC 5

Note: indicates Premium Screening.

official description

Early accolades can be a curse to an artist’s career. Directors whose first features meet with critical hallelujahs are often harshly scrutinized for subsequent efforts. Few debuts have enjoyed the delirious reception afforded Xavier Dolan’s J’ai tué ma mère. Dolans second film, Les Amours imaginaires, one of the most eagerly anticipated films to emerge from Quebec in some time, is an exhilarating exception to the sophomore jinx. It’s as good as its predecessor – maybe even better – and best of all it is radically different.

Les Amours imaginaires
centres on two fast friends: Marie (Monia Chokri), a supremely confident and sexually aggressive combination of Bette Davis, Carmen Maura and Anna Karina; and the cherubic, acerbic Francis (Dolan), who has managed to manoeuvre through multiple affairs without ever getting too attached. Like the aristocrats of Dangerous Liaisons transported to contemporary Montreal, Marie and Francis spend their time being fabulous, condescending and bitchy.

Then, at a dinner with friends, they spot curly-haired Nico (Niels Schneider), whom they simultaneously dismiss and obsess over. Soon, Francis sets up a meeting and the three become inseparable. But the more intimate they get, the more remote and unattainable Nico becomes, sending Francis and Marie’s comic obsession into overdrive.

Part gleaming farce, part tough-minded exploration of the inherent insanity of love and desire, Les Amours imaginaires is all the more remarkable given the young age of its author. (Few filmmakers this young would have attempted farce, never mind triumphed at it.) The film is also a startlingly mature and cohesive distillation of Dolan’s cinematic influences. If his debut channeled Eustache and Truffaut, Les Amours imaginaires owes as much to vintage Almodovar as it does to the French New Wave. And yet the film remains entirely personal and unique. Les Amours imaginaires suggests Dolan is one of the finest young filmmakers to emerge in the last decade.

Steve Gravestock

director bio

Xavier Dolan was born in Montreal and began acting in commercials at the age of four. He has performed in the films J’en suis! (97), Le Marchand de sable (99), La Forteresse suspendue (01) and Martyrs (08). His directorial debut, J’ai tué ma mère (09), which he also wrote and starred in, won three prizes in the 2009 Director’s Fortnight at Cannes, as well as the Claude Jutra Award for best first feature at the 2010 Genie Awards. Les Amours imaginaires (10) is his second feature.

full credits

Principal Cast: Monia Chokri, Niels Schneider, Xavier Dolan
Xavier Dolan, Daniel Morin, Carole Mondello
Stéphanie Weber-Biron
Xavier Dolan
Sylvain Brassard
Production Designer:
Xavier Dolan

Canadian Distributor:
 Remstar Films  
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