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Le souffle au coeur
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Murmur of the Heart -- Louis Malle’s critically acclaimed Murmur of the Heart gracefully combines elements of comedy, drama, and autobiography in a candid portrait of a precocious adolescent boy’s sexual maturation.

Overview

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Director:
Writer:
Louis Malle (written by)
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Release Date:
17 October 1971 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
This is a jolly coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old boy named Laurent Chevalier who is growing up in bourgeois surroundings in Dijon... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A Masterpiece. See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lea Massari ... Clara Chevalier
Benoît Ferreux ... Laurent Chevalier

Daniel Gélin ... Charles Chevalier

Michael Lonsdale ... Father Henri
Ave Ninchi ... Augusta
Gila von Weitershausen ... Freda (the prostitute)
Fabien Ferreux ... Thomas
Marc Winocourt ... Marc
Micheline Bona ... Aunt Claudine
Henri Poirier ... Uncle Leonce
Liliane Sorval ... Fernande
Corinne Kersten ... Daphne
Eric Walter
François Werner ... Hubert
René Bouloc ... Man at Bastille Day party
Jacqueline Chauvaud ... Helene
Jacques Gheusi ... Hotel receptionist
Yvon Lec ... Father Superior
Jean-Pierre Pessoz ... Soldier
Bernadette Robert
Annie Savarin ... Le cuisinière
Jacques Sereys
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Éric Burnelli ... Maitre d'Hotel (uncredited)
Nicole Carrière ... Mother (uncredited)
Michel Charrel ... Disquaire (uncredited)
Huguette Faget ... Mother (uncredited)
Isabelle Kloucowski ... Madeleine (uncredited)
Lia Wanital ... Mother (uncredited)

Directed by
Louis Malle 
 
Writing credits
Louis Malle (written by)

Produced by
Vincent Malle .... producer
Claude Nedjar .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Ricardo Aronovich 
 
Film Editing by
Suzanne Baron 
 
Production Design by
Jean-Jacques Caziot 
 
Makeup Department
Jacky Reynal .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Maurice Urbain .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rida Draïs .... assistant director
Fernand Moszkowicz .... assistant director (as Fernand Moscowicz)
Ghislain Uhry .... collaborating director
 
Art Department
Philippe Turlure .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Jean-Claude Laureux .... sound
Michel Vionnet .... assistant sound
 
Editorial Department
Catherine Brasier-Snopko .... assistant editor (as Catherine Snopko)
Solange Leprince .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Sidney Bechet .... composer: stock music
Gaston Frèche .... composer: stock music
Charlie Parker .... composer: stock music
Henri Renaud .... composer: stock music
 
Other crew
Élisabeth Rappeneau .... script girl
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le souffle au coeur" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
118 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
While the incest aspects of the story were not autobiographical, Louis Malle did in fact end up sharing a hotel room with his mother as a child while on a trip to treat his heart murmur due to "bizarre" circumstances.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Laurent is getting hosed down, he asks which side he should turn to. The attendant says either one because she'll do both. Only his left side gets hosed down.See more »
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32 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
A Masterpiece., 11 December 2003
Author: Tony Collette from London

'Murmur of the Heart' is an experience that sneaks up on you like the combined years of one's youth. The subject matter is what the repressed might reductively characterize as simple incest. That is NOT what this film is about. It is about the elastic moment of adolescence. The strange, ugly, and beautiful contradictions of familial intimacy. A boy deperate to taste the pleasures of being a man - while stuck in an awkward inbetween physical, and pyschic geography. This is one of the strongest films in all of French cinema.

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