Posts Tagged ‘Chiara Mastroianni’

Charlotte Gainsbour, Mastroiani

Charlotte Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroiani…sisters in love with the same man.

“3 HEARTS” My rating: C+ 

106 minutes | MPAA rating: PG-13

The human heart is a tremendously fickle organ, at least in Benoit Jacquot’s “3 Hearts,” a heavy-sighing melodrama about a soulful taxman torn between two sisters.

Marc (Benoit Poelvoorde) has missed the last train to Paris.  He asks a woman he encounters on the street — she is played by the ever-blue Charlotte Gainsbourg — to suggest a decent hotel in this provincial burg.

But the two spend the entire night walking and talking, and by sunrise they have agreed to meet at a prearranged time in a Paris park.

The screenplay by Jacquot and Julien Boivent doesn’t make it easy for them.  For starters, the two potential lovers fail to exchange their names and phone numbers. It’s an early sign that this movie may not be unfolding in the same world the rest of us live in.

And when they fail to rendezvous (he’s delayed by a tax audit with a couple of Chinese businessmen who speak no French) the woman — her name is Sylvie — takes the train back home.  Her marriage is shaky, but she nevertheless follows her husband to a new job in the U.S.A.

A few weeks later Marc is back in town on business and is approached at the tax office by Sylvie’s sister Sophie (the eternally sad-eyed Chiara Mastroianni).  She needs advice regarding her family’s antique store.

Wouldn’t you know it? She falls for Marc.  Before long she has left her husband, married Marc, and started a family.


Read Full Post »

"Zonad"...it's not another "Once"

“Zonad” (Now available)

Everybody who follows pop music has heard of the one-hit wonder.

Same thing can happen in movies.

A couple of years back Irish filmmaker John Carney had an international hit with “Once,” a modest mini-musical about a Dublin street busker who falls for an immigrant girl.

They end up making beautiful music together…so beautiful that “Once” won the Oscar for best original song.

I loved “Once”; thought it may have been the year’s most satisfying film.

But Carney’s followup, just out on DVD, suggests that “Once” was indeed a one-time-only deal.


Read Full Post »