Christophe Honoré makes movies much in the same way fellow countrymen Truffaut and Godard once made movies - with the idea that cinema was the most important thing that could ever be. And he may be right. The most genuflectory of the post Nouvelle Vague directors (Pialat, Desplechin, Blier, Besson, Jacquot) as well as the most cinematically inspired, Honoré has made a career, albeit a short one so far, out of this love for and of cinema. Love Songs is yet another in that vein.
His first straight-on musical (there was one quite enchanting number in his Franny & Zooey inspired Dans Paris) full of equal amounts pith and charm, Honoré's latest could very well be the unavowed love child of Godard's A Woman is a Woman. The story of a young Parisian couple who take on another woman as partner in their quest for true love or romance or whatever it may be they are searching for, Love Songs is both uplifting and gay (in more ways than one) and dark and somber. Starring Louis Garrel, Ludivine Sagnier and Clotilde Hesme, three of the best faces France has to offer (and all of whom can stand up to Belmondo, Karina and Brialy), Love Songs could easily pass for a French new wave film if not for the time difference. An homage that is so much more, Honoré has, from the mouths of his elders, created his own voice worth praising. I cannot wait to see what he does next. [04/11/08]