HEARTBEATS (18)

This second feature from 21-year-old gay Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan is the ambitious, impressionistic story of friends Marie and Francis (Monia Chokri and Dolan himself) who both fall in love with the effortlessly lusty Nicolas (Niels Schneider).

Afraid to ask if he’s gay or straight, each imagines that Nicolas is their boyfriend, and lives accordingly. This comedy-drama about idealised romance is told in a kind of askance way that requires some effort from the viewer, but it’s well worth it. Also on DVD this week: Dolan’s astonishing debut film, the queer black comedy I KILLED MY MOTHER. (Network) . 8/10

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