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Director • Xavier Dolan

Country • Canada

Year • 2010

Duration • 101 min

Rating • M

Language • French with English subtitles

“I wrote Heartbeats at the Toronto Film Festival where I screened I Killed My Mother. I knew if I was to write and shoot a little film that quick, it had to be very personal. And with matters of unrequited love, I have a shitload of anecdotes.” – Xavier Dolan, Little White Lies

Heartbeats is something of an inversion of François Truffaut’s Jules et Jim (1962). Dolan plays Francis, whose close friendship with fellow hipster Marie (Monia Chokri) is severely tested when they meet Nicolas (Niels Schneider), a sexually ambivalent country boy who becomes an object of intense desire between the two friends. A complex psychological ménage a trois ensues, with Nicholas’ subtle manipulations leading Francis and Marie into an obsessive and ultimately tragic frenzy.” – cine-vue


At just 24 years-old Xavier Dolan already has three stunning films to his name: I Killed My Mother (2009), Heartbeats (2010) and Laurence Anyways (2012). Dolan has called these three films his ‘impossible love’ trilogy. We’re screening them all across one week. See I Killed My Mother on Monday 2 September, Heartbeats on Tuesday 3 September and Laurence Anyways on Wednesday 4 September or dive right in to our Day of Dolan on Sunday 8 September, when we present all three films in one melodramatic fell swoop.


If you wish to purchase a ticket to the entire trilogy please use this link, which gets you all three films for $40. Note you are not required to see all three films on Sunday 8 September (but you really should). Do some during the week, some on the weekend – whatever you like. You can email us to swap into weekday sessions once you’ve purchased the ticket. Shebeen has all the food and watering facilities you’ll require.

Video art in the cinema. This session we feature Melbourne-based artist Cassandra Tytler‘s Messed Up Pop Song. Presented in collaboration with Channels — The Australian Video Art Festival, happening 18–21 September 2013.

“Xavier Dolan’s Heartbeats may be the most raw and visceral cinematic portrayal of infatuation I’ve ever seen, with nearly every shot conveying aching, unrequited desire.”

–Film Blather

Heartbeats captures with delicious ambivalence the compulsive, self-debasing rush of infatuation, indulgently swooning at one moment and rolling its eyes in exasperation the next.”



–Time Out London