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"Hipsterical" characters in a fashion duel

by JUAN PABLO SARMIENTO

In the film heartbeats, a man and his female best friend fight for the attention of an angel-like youngster. The tools of the duel are not sentimental, but material: how they look, who's more hip, what presents they offer him. This makes Dolan's feature one of the quintessential "hipster" films... appearances become here more important than actual relations, and the vapidity of this is reflected on the falsehood of the romantic expectations of the characters.

Fashion and vintage: making the vapid more solemn in "Heartbeats"

Xavier Dolan's aesthetic sensibility can be seen in this clip from his film "Heartbeats" where slow motion gives the sensation that a "fashion duel" is about to take place.

from Les Amours Imaginaires (2010)
Creator: Xavier Dolan
Distributor: IFC Films
Posted by JUAN PABLO SARMIENTO
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