Beloved
Les bien-aimés
France (FR), 2011, 139 minutes, SD
Beloved Synopsis

Starring Catherine Deneuve and (her real-life daughter) Chiara Mastroianni, this sly and exquisitely romantic musical drama from Christophe Honoré (Love Songs, Dans Paris) spans over three decades as it follows a mother and daughter's misadventures in love. In the ‘60s, Madeleine (Ludivine Sagnier) leaves Paris to re-join her Czech husband Jaromil (Rasha Bukvic) in Prague, but his infidelities and the arrival of Russian tanks in the city lead her back to France.


Thirty years later we follow the romance of Madeleine’s daughter, Vera, who falls in love with a musician (Paul Scneider) in London who is incapable of devoting himself to her. Meanwhile in Paris, a re-married Madeleine (Deneuve) has rekindled her love affair with Jaromil (Milos Forman). Louis Garrel and Paul Schneider also star in this light-hearted but ultimately moving exploration of the changing nature of relationships, with music by Alex Beaupain (Love Songs).


An elegy to femininity and passion with musical outbursts.

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Reviewed by nikkareyes
I decided to watch this film because of Deneuve, she's an actress I admire and well, I was not disappointed. This has a generous mix of music and drama and... more
I decided to watch this film because of Deneuve, she's an actress I admire and well, I was not disappointed. This has a generous mix of music and drama and it's so interesting to know that Deneuve's daughter is also in here. This is a second collaboration between Honore and Beaupain, the previous film being Love Songs and as they say, two times the charm.  The musical arrangements were admirable and it features a powerhouse cast to boot, including Milos Forman and Paul Schneider. I was also clearly drawn with the period pieces and colorful costumes as the story spans five decades, more or less. A tale of romantic failings and unrequited love, this film is worth checking out. 
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Reviewed by jeteli
This just became one of my favorite French films of late, for its exquisite mix of romance and the musical genre.  Director Honore, known for films like Love Songs and... more
This just became one of my favorite French films of late, for its exquisite mix of romance and the musical genre.  Director Honore, known for films like Love Songs and Metamorphoses brings together real life mother and daughter tandem of Deneuve and Mastroianni in this film that tackles long lost love and unrequited love. While the story may prove quite cliche for some,  the cast performs their roles really well  including Sagnier and Paul Schneider. The music of Alex Beaupain is upbeat and a treat to the senses. Check this out especially if you fancy French films!
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Reviewed by GoldenMarie
I strongly wanted to dislike BELOVED. Because it's too Parisian, too romanticized, too musical. And there I was, quite enjoying it in the end. Catherine Deneuve is and will... more
I strongly wanted to dislike BELOVED. Because it's too Parisian, too romanticized, too musical. And there I was, quite enjoying it in the end. Catherine Deneuve is and will always be a queen. She and her daughter, Chiara Mastroianni  (both in real life and in the film), achieve to give depth and contrasts to their characters, through honest dialogues and songs. I was however not convinced by supporting characters and the scenes set up during Madeleine's youth (played by Ludivine Sagnier) with her Czech husband (Rasha Bukvic) in the 60s, that I judged too nostalgic and unnecessary. Maybe the fact that Christophe Honoré escaped from Paris a little to explore London and Montréal gave some fresh air to what is mostly the same crew than LOVE SONGS. Still delving into the themes of love, sex and aging, Honoré brought more maturity to BELOVED accompanied by, at most times, well-written songs by Alex Beaupain. So here I am, kind of recommending this film. Mostly for Deneuve and Mastroianni.
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GoldenMarie  hahaha. tried to resist?
GoldenMarie  hahaha. tried to resist?
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