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The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)

De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté (original title)
Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Music | 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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Fabrice
Gilles Cohen ...
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 ...
Man
Sandy Whitelaw ...
Mr. Fox
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Conservatory Professor
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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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Can music tame the raging soul?

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Crime | Drama | Music

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The Beat That My Heart Skipped  »

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Budget:

€5,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,023,424 (USA) (11 December 2005)
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Thomas's headphones are Sony MDR-V300. 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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Connections

Remake of Fingers (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Toccata en sol majeur
de Johann Sebastian Bach (as Bach)
Interprète piano: Caroline Duris
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Don't miss this one (in America it's called "The Beat My Heart Skipped")
8 May 2005 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Rising French director Jacques Audiard ("Read My Lips") has naturally relocated James Toback's "Fingers" from New York City to Paris. He's also modified the Mafioso's in the original by creating a tight gang of 'real estate' brokers (brokers that break windows, dump rats, etc. to move squatters off their properties).

Basic plot line involves a young man, 'Tom', who is very much caught up in 'the life' of being a thug like his father. He pals around with his two partners and they work hard by day and party harder at night (usually ending with a barfight). Then one day he spots his deceased mother's old music agent who offers him an audition in gratitude (Tom's mother was a professional concert pianist).

What follows is an intriguing and humorous plot line as Tom takes on a piano coach (from Beijing no less) and tries to regain his affinity with the piano almost ten years after he'd stopped playing.

Extremely well-acted film with Romain Duris (as 'Tom') offering up one of those rare performances that's absolutely mesmerizing (most USA audiences will remember him from "L'Auberge espagnole" - another French film worth your time!).


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