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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.

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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:
Moving, controversial but lovable film 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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Trivia:
Writer/director Louis Malle based many aspects of the protagonist Laurent's life on his own experiences growing up. This included his love of jazz, curiosity about literature, the "tyranny" of his two older brothers who tried to introduce him to sex, and having a heart murmur. However, Malle grew up in the 1930's and 40's, not the 50's as Laurent does.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After leaving Daphne, Laurent's belt changes three times.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Everyday Is Like Sunday (2013)See more »

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16 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Moving, controversial but lovable film, 13 September 2004
Author: (sylviastel@aol.com) from United States

Louis Malle perhaps has directed his most controversial film about Laurent and his complicated relationship with his mother. Because he is the youngest of three boys, he is still a virgin and coddled like the family baby. The film seems to last forever but in a beautiful moving way. We watch as his beautiful Italian vivacious mother seems to attract admirers even her own son. Without discussing the film's oedipal issues, the film has some very pleasant scenes and some that are not so pleasant. Maybe Malle is trying to bring reality of a young body's sexuality. His two older brothers are not the sympathetic or kind older brothers to him especially. Laurent is truly the film's most important character but his mother is definitely the most important figure in his life. As he comes of age, she has to grasp with losing him to another woman, the inevitable outcome of any mother-son relationship. We learn a lot about Laurent's mother too in this film. While sexuality is another theme in this classic film, there are touching scenes between the Laurent and his mother. As he finds himself attracted to other women, he becomes daring, insulting and even unlikable. I won't give away the ending of this film. But it's worth watching even today more than 30 years later, I cannot believe it's older than me. It seems like it could have been done today and that's why it's a classic film.

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