Christophe Honore’s film Beloved
(aka Les Bien-Aimes
) is a story about love, sex, fidelity, and shoes. Lots
of shoes. Even though the shoes don’t have all that much to do with the plot, Honore rarely passes up an opportunity to take note of his leading ladies’ footwear, practically ogling when they slip out of their flats and put on a stylish set of heels (a not uncommon occurrence in the picture). Since Beloved
is a movie that often focuses on the personal obsessions of its characters, it’s certainly fair game for Honore to indulge what may be one of his own, but indulgence is its greatest flaw. The film is beautiful to look at, and it ha...