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The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)

De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté (original title)
Unrated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 16 March 2005 (France)
Will Thomas still lead a life of crime and cruelty, just like his thuggish father, or will he pursue his dream of becoming a pianist?



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gilles Cohen ...
Miao Lin
Anton Yakovlev ...
Minskov's Girlfriend
Agnès Aubé ...
Etienne Dirand ...
Old Man
Denis Falgoux ...
Serge Onteniente ...
Sandy Whitelaw ...
Mr. Fox
Emmanuel Finkiel ...
Conservatory Professor


Twenty-eight-year-old Tom leads a life that might be termed as criminal. In doing so, he follows in the footsteps of his father, who made his money from dirty, and sometimes brutal, real estate deals. Tom is a pretty hard-boiled guy but also strangely considerate as far as his father is concerned. Somehow he appears to have arrived at a critical juncture in his life when a chance encounter prompts him to take up the piano and become a concert pianist, like his mother. He senses that this might be his final opportunity to take back his life. His piano teacher is a Chinese piano virtuoso who has recently come to live in France. She doesn't speak a lick of French so music becomes the only language they have in common. Before long, Jacques' bid to be a better person means that he begins to yearn for true love. But, when he finally has the chance of winning his best friend's wife, his passion only succeeds in scaring her. And then, one day, his dubious past comes to light... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Release Date:

16 March 2005 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Beat That My Heart Skipped  »

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Box Office


€5,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,179,031 (France) (18 March 2005)


$1,023,424 (USA) (9 December 2005)

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Did You Know?


Romain Duris's sister is a pianist, and she is the one who taught him to play piano for this film. See more »


Sami: Playing piano is making you flip. Stop it now!
Thomas Seyr: Nothing's making me flip. I'm not flipping. I'm having a ball. I feel fantastic, dont' you see? It's important, I'm serious about it.
Sami: You gonna make dough from pianos?
Thomas Seyr: Not pianos, the piano! It's not about making money, it's about art.
Sami: What's in it for us? You coming to meetings all, 'Hi guys, I've been playing piano.' Shit, I'll take up the banjo.
Thomas Seyr: It's over your head
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Remake of Fingers (1978) See more »


Après une lecture de Dante (Années de pèlerinage II)
de Franz Liszt (as Liszt)
Interprète piano: Caroline Duris
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simply excellent
8 July 2005 | by (new york, new york) – See all my reviews

how do the French do it?? & why can't American film makers come close? this is a remake of the film "Fingers" released in the '70's directed by James Toback & starred Harvey Keitel. this remake is a beautifully told story that grabs you from the beginning & only lets go at the very satisfying end. brilliant acting by all, most notably Romain Duris. briefly, it is a study in the psychological make-up of a late 20's macho guy torn between his artistic nature inherited from his concert pianist mother & his real estate thug of a father. Duris walks/acts on a very high wire balancing the 2 sides & has the audience rooting for his desire to overcome his distaste for the seamy business he has "inherited" from his father. if 1 were to see only 1 film this summer, i would highly recommend this film.

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