Three Hearts Belgium, France, Germany 2014 – 106min.
When he misses his train back from an out-of-town trip, Marc meets the enigmatic Sylvie. They spend the night walking, smoking, talking and, by morning, falling in love. Marc takes the train back to Paris after making a date with Sylvie in the Jardin des Tuileries a few days later. But then he has a heart problem and misses their rendez-vous. Later, Marc meets the fragile Sophie, who completes his life. Except he doesn’t know she is Sylvie’s sister.
Among an essentially female filmography that includes The School of Flesh, Farewell, My Queen and the upcoming Diary of a Chambermaid starring Léa Seydoux, due out in 2015, Three Hearts marks a different step for director Benoît Jacquot. Centered around a male protagonist played by Benoît Poelvoorde, anchored in social realism and tinged with gentleness, the film is captivating from its first mysterious minutes, to an impressive soundtrack by Bruno Coulais. A melody that is in turn harrowing and romantic and gives true character to this suspenseful romance with accents of modern tragedy. With well-crafted dialogues within a screenplay that prefers suggestion over words, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroianni offer a well-balanced, subtle love triangle that avoids pathos with finesse.