ⓘ Beloved (2011 film)


ⓘ Beloved (2011 film)

Beloved is a 2011 French film written and directed by Christophe Honore, starring Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Ludivine Sagnier, Louis Garrel, Milos Forman, Paul Schneider, and Michel Delpech. The story is set in the 1960s through the 2000s in Paris, Reims, Montreal, Prague and London. While not a musical, the characters use musical narration and dialogues throughout the film.


1. Plot

In the 1960s, Madeline gets married to Jaromil and gives birth to their daughter Vera. Thirty years later, Vera falls in love with a musician Henderson.


2. Cast

  • Michel Delpech as François Gouriot
  • Catherine Deneuve as Madeleine
  • Milos Forman as Jaromil
  • Louis Garrel as Clement
  • Rasha Bukvic as Jaromil
  • Paul Schneider as Henderson
  • Chiara Mastroianni as Vera
  • Ludivine Sagnier as Madeleine

3. Production

The film is produced by Why Not Productions. The project received 228.000 euro in support from the Ile-de-France Regional Support Fund for Technical Film and Audiovisual Industries. Apart from the French investment, 20% of the 6.8-million-euro budget came from the United Kingdom and 10% from the Czech Republic. Filming started on 18 October 2010.


4. Release

The film closed the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The French release was 17 August 2011 through Le Pacte. It also premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on 11 September 2011.


5. Reception

At Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 55% based on 44 reviews, and an average rating of 5.82/10. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 55 out of 100, based on 17 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".

Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film 3 out of 5 stars, writing, "The movie is at its lightest, most charming and most persuasive in the 60s; as it approaches the present, something inescapably preposterous weighs it down, though Honore carries it off with some flair." Sheri Linden of Los Angeles Times wrote, "In the central roles, real-life mother and daughter Catherine Deneuve and Chiara Mastroianni bring a chemical spark to the onscreen dynamics, and their compelling performances anchor the storys novelistic sprawl, especially when it falters or loses focus." She added, "The story lines are thin, but the melancholy that Honore and his cast tap into is vibrant, particularly in Deneuves portrayal of a woman who has embraced romantic daring and can observe her younger self without regret." Alison Willmore of The A.V. Club gave the film a grade of B, calling it "rambling, messy, but ultimately charming". Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter commented that "Location work everywhere is top notch and the smart decision was made not to turn this into a fashion parade through the decades but rather to go for a timeless look in the clothes, furniture and decor."

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