The BSD "Hunks with Hair" Award of the Year goes to writer, director and star of the new feature film "Heartbeats" ("Les amours imaginaires") Xavier Dolan. After slogging through a week of bad flicks (among them "Atlas Shrugged, Part One"-- most possibly the worst movie I have ever seen), I can happily attest to pouring out of "Heartbeats" with a smile on my face, a skip to my walk and a new found crush.
While it's probably never a good idea to sum up the plot of a movie in one sentence (two hipsters-- one gay, one straight-- fall in love with a disinterested, ambiguous boy), "Heartbeats" will leave your heart beating faster, if not for Xavier himself and his glorious pompadour. A master of slo-mo cinematic interjections (half the movie feels like a painting), Xavier has created quite the beautiful film. Embracing the hipster triumvirate of good music, vintage clothes, and luxurious, transgressive hair, "Heartbeats" can, at times, feel like an incongruously sophisticated commercial for Goodwill. It certainly put the thrift bug in me. And that is never a bad thing.
Lets face it, a lot of gay themed film is actually pretty hard to watch. This film is good. And its beautiful. And it has a beautiful, talented young gay director to boot. See it!
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