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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #34. Benoit Jacquot’s 3 Hearts

3 Hearts

Director: Benoit Jacquot
Writers: Benoit Jacquot, Julien Boivent
Producers: Edouard Weil
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni, Benoît Poelvoorde

Though he’s been working steadily since the mid-70’s, director Benoit Jacquot’s films tend not to get much attention in the US, even his growing handful of Isabelle Huppert starring titles (The School of Flesh; Keep It Quiet; False Servant; Villa Amalia) don’t get theatrical or DVD releases here. But the 2012 critical success of his 2012 film, Farewell My Queen seems to have snagged him some more international attention. While Lea Seydoux was originally slated to return for this latest film (scheduling conflicts have caused her to be replaced by Mastroianni), the presence of Deneuve and Gainsbourg should make this an undoubted item of interest.

Gist: One night, in the countryside. Marc misses his train to head back to Paris and meets Sylvie. They wander until the morning, talking about everything but themselves, in complete harmony. When Marc leaves, they agree to meet a few days later. Sylvie goes to the meeting but not Marc. As he looks for her, he meets another woman, Sophie, without knowing she is Sylvie’s sister. Marc and Sylvie will be reunited, their bond still intact. It is however too late…

Release Date: Jacquot’s films have premiered all over the map, from Locarno, Berlin, and Cannes (though his only competition entry there was the 1998 The School of Flesh). Due to a high profile cast, we’re betting on a nice festival slot somewhere in Cannes or a fall fest like Venice.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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