Love Songs (Les Chansons d'amour) is just your average story of a ménage à trois between two hot girls and one hot boy who get shaken up by a perplexing tragedy, by another hot boy who charmingly stalks the first hot boy around the streets of Paris, and by catchy modern alt-pop style songs that the characters sing out loud in public and in private. In other words, it's just your average French movie.
But filmmaker Christophe Honoré and composer Alex Beaupain have taken these conceits and have crafted a beguiling movie about love and loss, framed by gorgeous tunes that are filled with longing and/or intoxicatingly romantic. What's more, Love Songs, which was recently released on DVD, hardly has what most of us would consider "musical numbers." Instead, the songs are presented rather matter-of-factly, woven into the lives of the characters with a "so-what?-they-sing" attitude.
I know this movie isn't for everyone (hell, the term "French New Wave Cinema Musical" doesn't inspire confidence in me either), but, if you're struck by the following trailer like I was, the film is worth checking out: