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Whip out your Netflix queue and add Heartbeats to the list. It’s a feature by 22-year-old filmmaking virtuoso Xavier Dolan, who seems to know a thing or two about love, desire, and hyper tense but tender love triangles. GQ’s Eric Sullivan explains:
As an aspiring amateur fiction writer a few years back, I turned regularly to Dubliners, James Joyce’s short story collection that he completed when he was just 23. Before I was that old, I remember telling myself that I had time—not to create a story as great as, say, “The Dead”—but to write something that I was truly proud of. Twenty-three came and went, and my writing career went nowhere. Joyce’s collection became a symbol, not just of an awesome mind keenly trained on the human psyche, but also of my own failure to do the same. Appreciating precocious artistry can be a challenge. One can be in awe of someone’s talent and still be jealous as Hell.
Which brings us to Heartbeats, the sophomore feature from Quebecois up-and-comer Xavier Dolan. He wrote, edited, directed, and stars in the film. He was 21 when the film was released. Dubliners it ain’t, but Heartbeats heralds the arrival of a preternaturally gifted filmmaker. Did I mention that he’s damn good looking?
Anyway, it’s centered around the bizarre love triangle between Francis (played by Dolan), his best friend Marie, and Nicolas, a slab of cherubic eye candy who they meet at a dinner party. The first two are smitten with the latter, whose naiveté or flat-out indifference toward their feelings leads to jealousy and self-doubt.
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