Three's Company

There’s rarely an onscreen Hollywood bromance that isn’t threatened by the sudden arrival of a hot, young femme. She almost wrecks their friendship before the bros eventually reconcile over a Bud Light and an awkward man-hug — you know the drill. However, the classic love triangle gets new life in Heartbeats, by 22-year-old Quebecois filmmaker Xavier Dolan. This time the succubus is Nicholas, a pretty stranger who rocks the bond between Francis (played by Dolan) and his flame Marie. It’s like Jules et Jim for the Bravo TV crowd. When Nicholas moves into the couple’s flat, the film follows the ménage à trois (which literally translates to “household of three,” but that doesn’t mean things don’t get freaky). Not knowing whether he’s gay or straight, each roommate tries to seduce him. It’s less efficient than simply asking him but certainly more entertaining. Heartbeats premiered in the 2010 Cannes Film Festival’s “Un Certain Regard” category to a standing ovation and won the Sydney Film Festival’s official competition.
Thu., April 14, 8 p.m., 2011
 
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