Beloved (2012)

139mins / Drama, Musical, Romance / August 17, 2012 (Limited)

BELOVED, the latest film from French writer-director Christophe Honore (LOVE SONGS, DANS PARIS) is a sly and lovely romantic musical drama spanning three decades as it follows a mother and daughter's misadventures in love. Starring Catherine Deneuve and (her real-life daughter) Chiara Mastroianni - with an all-star supporting cast that includes Ludivine Sagnier, Louis Garrel, Paul Schneider and Milos Forman - the film was the closing night selection of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and a special gala presentation of the Toronto Film Festival.

In the freewheeling Paris of the '60s, young Madeleine (Ludivine Sagnier) - who has gone from selling shoes to sleeping with men for money - falls for a handsome Czech doctor, Jaromil (Rasha Bukvic), who she soon marries and joins in Prague. A baby daughter is born, but Jaromil's infidelities and the arrival of Russian tanks in Prague leaded Madeleine back to France - though the love between them still burns. Thirty years later in London, we follow Madeleine's daughter, Vera (Chiara Mastroianni), who has fallen in love with a musician (American actor Paul Schneider) who is incapable of devoting himself to her, while her ex (Honore regular Louis Garrel) still pines for her. Meanwhile, in Paris, a re-married Madeleine (Catherine Deneuve) has rekindled her love affair with Jaromil (Milos Forman). Frequent Honore collaborator Alex Beaupain (LOVE SONGS, DANS PARIS) composed the emotional, Cesar-nominated score for this light-hearted but ultimately moving exploration of the changing nature of relationships.

"Beloved (2012)" stars Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni, Louis Garrel, Ludivine Sagnier, Michel Delpech, Milos Forman, Paul Schneider, and Rasha Bukvic.

Directed by Christophe Honore.
Written by Christophe Honore.
Produced by Pascal Caucheteux.
Production company/distributor: IFC Films.

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