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. 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), whom she soon marries and joins in Prague. A baby daughter is born, but Jaromil's infidelities and the arrival of Russian tanks in Prague lead 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).
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
"Beloved" is at once whimsical and heartfelt, alive to the absurdity and perversity of amorous behavior and also to the gravity and intensity of human emotions.A.O. Scott, New York Times, 08.16.2012
"Beloved" is both broody and bright, steeped in amour in all its Gallic permutations - mad, destined, unrequited, sustaining.Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, 08.16.2012
A sprawling mess of multiple romantic triangles in which all the angles are obtuse.Melissa Anderson, Village Voice, 08.14.2012
Honore's a genuinely gifted eccentric of a filmmaker, but on the evidence of "Beloved," he could use a nap.Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 09.13.2012