1572 California Street
San Francisco, California

French-Canadian romantic farce by Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother)

Engagements begin March 18, 2011
Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre, 1572 California St., San Francisco (415) 561-0455
Showtimes (valid 3/18-24): Fri-Sat at 2:30, 4:45, 7:00, 9:15, Fri-Sun at 2:30, 4:45, 7:00, Mon-Thurs at 5:55, 8:20
Tickets are $10.50 for general admission and $8.00 for seniors, students, and children

Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas, 2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley (510) 464-5980
Showtimes (valid 3/18-24): Daily at 2:20, 4:45, 7:05, 9:25
Tickets are $10.00 for general admission and $8.00 for seniors, students, and children

Showtimes and tickets are available at: http://www.landmarktheatres.com/tickets and theatre box office.


Part gleaming farce, part-tough-minded exploration of the inherent insanity of love and desire, HEARTBEATS centers on two close friends: Francis (Xavier Dolan) and Marie (Monia Chokri). At a dinner party one evening they meet Nicolas (Niels Schneider), a striking young man from the country who has just recently arrived in town. His boyish charm and classical good looks create an irresistible mystique that neither of the two friends can shake.

The threesome begins to spend more and more time together. But the more intimate they get, the more remote and unattainable Nicolas becomes, sending Francis and Marie’s comic obsession into overdrive. And as their hunger for Nicolas’ affections grow, the more their once cast-iron friendship begins to crack and shift to rivalry.

Xavier Dolan’s directorial follow-up to the acclaimed I Killed My Mother (in which he also starred alongside Niels Schneider), HEARTBEATS is a study of the descent into poetically passionate love and the complexities of young human emotions.

Cannes International Film Festival 2010 / Winner – Youth Prize
Toronto International Film Festival 2010
San Francisco Independent Film Festival 2011

“****! Wunderkind writer, actor and director Xavier Dolan continues to impress. Dolan seems to be chronicling heartache as he discovers it. Indulge him.” -Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

“a kind of postadolescent ‘Jules and Jim. Confirms Mr. Dolan as wildly talented… the movie is a gush of gorgeous images and music.” -Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“A delightful romance of surprising depth, and Dolan, about to turn 22, someone you expect will be prodding and poking us to rethink things for years to come.” -Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

“Seductive hymn to vapid young love. Acutely observant. Enthralling.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“A super-stylish, color-controlled ménage a trios that suggests the unlikely collision of Jules and Jim and Pedro Almodovar by way of Wong Kar-Wai and an old Calvin Klein commercial. Beautifully made, funny, good-hearted, semi-satirical and has an interesting take on the absurdity and necessity of passion at any age. Underneath all that flash, there’s just no mistaking Dolan’s raw, nervy yet impressively polished talent.” -Stephen Rebello, Playboy

The film’s running time is 95 minutes; it is not rated. In French; fully subtitled in English.

Official Website: http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/heartbeats

Added by landmark on March 15, 2011