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Drama / Foreign Language / Romance
Director: Xavier Dolan
Running time: 100 mins Released: 27th May 2011
A stylised depiction of 'imaginary love' (the film's original title). Francis (Xavier Dolan), a gorgeous, fashionable young man, is best friends with the witty Marie (Monia Chokri). One day, they meet Nicolas (Niels Schneider), a beautiful, mysterious stranger. They begin to fantasise about him and compete for his attention. The more remote that Nicolas becomes, the more obsessed they get. The film documents their fantasies, schemes and bitchy exchanges, interspersed with talking heads from various people giving amusing insights on the nature of love and life. Francis and Marie's passive-aggressive battle for Nicolas' heart is lightened by a witty script and dazzling slow-motion sequences. With this and his previous film beloved by Cannes, writer/director/star Xavier Dolan is definitely a talent to watch.