Beloved

Beloved

This sly and exquisitely romantic musical drama ... spans over three decades as it follows a mother and daughter's misadventures in love. 2.6 out of 5 based on 9 reviews
Beloved

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Certificate
Genre Drama, Musical, Romance
Director Christophe Honoré
Cast Chiara Mastroianni, Ludivine Sagnier, Louis Garrel, Milos Forman Catherine Deneuve
Studio New Wave Films
Release Date May 2012
Running Time 135 mins
 

This sly and exquisitely romantic musical drama ... spans over three decades as it follows a mother and daughter's misadventures in love.

Reviews

Empire Magazine

David Hughes

If Almodovar made a musical, it might look a bit like this.

08/05/2012

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

Even those who don’t care for Honoré’s film will have to admit that he is an original who sticks steadfastly to his belief that cinema doesn’t have to be depressing to tell us that life is often pretty difficult to get through without pain.

11/05/2012

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

The movie is at its lightest, most charming and most persuasive in the 60s; as it approaches the present, something inescapably preposterous weighs it down, though Honoré carries it off with some flair.

10/05/2012

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Total Film

Tom Dawson

Doesn’t scale the heights of the Truffaut and Demy films it pastiches.

04/05/2012

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The Observer

Philip French

Those who like Beloved will file it under guilty pleasures.

13/05/2012

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

This being a realistic French musical loosely akin to The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, its writer/director, Christophe Honoré, scores a coup in having that film’s star, Catherine Deneuve, to lead his cast. If he had also taken from Jacques Demy’s movie the cue to wrap up the story in 91 minutes, he might really have been on to something.

13/05/2012

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The Daily Telegraph

David Gritten

Curiously, it’s just about watchable, despite a strong whiff of self-absorption. It feels like a vanity project.

11/05/2012

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Time Out

Dave Calhoun

The early scenes with Sagnier have real verve, and Honoré handles his first few shifts in time well, but ennui sets in with yet another chapter bringing songs of decreasing quality and events of increasing tiresomeness.

10/05/2012

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The Times

Kate Muir

Beloved is hard to actually watch; instead, you rubberneck it like one long car crash, wondering who thought the mix of a classy call girl, a Czech invasion, a gay crush and gratuitous use of the 9/11 attacks would work as a French musical.

11/05/2012

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