Valentine's Day at Ciné-Club: Les Amours Imaginaires

Valentine's Day at Ciné-Club: Les Amours Imaginaires

Sunday, February 14 at 1:00 p.m.
Free admission - Donations encouraged
This event takes place online - zoom links will be emailed Saturday evening.

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Who gets dibs on the new guy? Since this weeks' Ciné-Club coincides with Valentine's Day, we'll be taking a special, longing look at a quirky rom com about young love and the cheeky ridiculousness of a good romantc rivalry. Join us as we discuss Xavier Dolan's Montréal ménage à trois

Les Amours Imaginaires ("Heartbeats", 2010)

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He's not looking at you, he's looking at me! Best buds Francis and Marie find their bond of friendship tested by a stunning newcomer to their social scene - a curly-haired dreamboat named Nic - for whom they both fall head over heels. While both Frank and Marie compete desperately for the attention of this intellectual Adonis, Nic curiously shows no preference, flirting with both friends in turn, and sometimes at the same time. Who is this inscrutable man to whom Frank and Marie have ascribed their romantic ideals, and what does he want? Is there enough of  Nic to go around?

This stylish farce of modern romance is both ironic and adorable, pitting its central besties against each other in a self-conscious romantic rivalry that highlights all of the silly pretenses of jealousy and infatuation. With Les Amours Imaginaires, Canadian director wunderkind Xavier Dolan delivers a quirky, colorful comedy that should resonate with anyone who's felt that giddy mania of a unescapable crush. 





Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered.
Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Wednesday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some context to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Sunday at 1:00 PM CST to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either, or both! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, a former AF culture intern. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and spends most of his time blathering about movies online.