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The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)
"De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté" (original title)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  16 March 2005 (France)
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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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Sami
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Miao Lin
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Chris
Anton Yakovlev ...
Minskov
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Minskov's Girlfriend
Agnès Aubé ...
Woman
Etienne Dirand ...
Old Man
Denis Falgoux ...
Metreur
Serge Onteniente ...
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Sandy Whitelaw ...
Mr. Fox
Emmanuel Finkiel ...
Conservatory Professor
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Storyline

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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16 March 2005 (France)  »

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The Beat That My Heart Skipped  »

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Budget:

€5,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$52,122 (Argentina) (16 June 2006)

Gross:

$152,280 (Argentina) (30 June 2006)
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The film's title comes from a line in French singer Jacques Dutronc's song, "La fille du père Noël" ("Santa Claus's daughter"). See more »

Quotes

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 »

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Après une lecture de Dante (Années de pèlerinage II)
de Franz Liszt (as Liszt)
Interprète piano: Caroline Duris
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11 October 2007 | by (Cardiff, Wales) – See all my reviews

I like French movies. Most of the time. But The Beat that My Heart Skipped is a real yawn. The story of a thug-for-hire who really wants to play the piano sounds about as pretentious as you can get, but I don't hold that against it. In other hands it could have been brilliant but this episodic disjointed, glum little film is very far from brilliant.

There are some nice scenes and original ideas here, but never nice or original enough to make you care about the characters. Thomas Seyr is good in the lead role but there's only so much he can do in this bitty, unrelentingly downbeat film.

On the plus side, the soundtrack is vibrant and does its best to lift the movie, but every time you think something really pivotal's going to happen... it doesn't.

The best thing about this film is it's lovely title. The film doesn't deserve it.


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