New Release: Heartbeats DVD

Heartbeats movie scene

Xavier Dolan (l.), Niels Schneider and Monia Chokri are young and in love in Heartbeats.

Entertainment One released the 2010 hipster romantic comedy Heartbeats on DVD on July 26, 2011, for the list price of $24.98.

Written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan when he was just 20 years old (he also co-stars), the movie tells the tale of two best friends, Francis (Dolan) and Marie ((Monia Chokri, The Age of Ignorance) who both fall for the same guy, the aloof Nicolas (Niels Schneider, Everything Is Fine). The two friends vie for Nicolas’ attention, but the closer Francis and Marie get to their object of romantic desire, the more unobtainable he seems to appear — and the more frayed their own bonds become.

The young, Montreal-based Dolan has been compared to such world-class filmmakers as Francois Truffaut (Stolen Kisses), Bernardo Bertolucci (The Conformist) and Wong Kar-wai (Happy Together), while the film itself has drawn comparisons to works of the French New Wave, particularly Truffaut’s 1962 landmark movie Jules and Jim.

An official selection at practically every international film festival we’ve every heard of (including Cannes, Toronto, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Stockholm, São Paulo, London and Chicago), Heartbeats received a small, positively reviewed release in theaters in the U.S. in February.

No bonus features are on the Heartbeats DVD, which is presented in French and English with English subtitles.

Check out the film’s trailer:


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.