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Writers:
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Release Date:
16 March 2005 (France) See more »
Plot:
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? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 19 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Romain Duris ... Thomas Seyr

Niels Arestrup ... Robert Seyr

Jonathan Zaccaï ... Fabrice
Gilles Cohen ... Sami

Linh Dan Pham ... Miao Lin

Aure Atika ... Aline

Emmanuelle Devos ... Chris
Anton Yakovlev ... Minskov

Mélanie Laurent ... Minskov's Girlfriend
Agnès Aubé ... Woman
Etienne Dirand ... Old Man
Denis Falgoux ... Metreur
Serge Onteniente ... Man
Sandy Whitelaw ... Mr. Fox
Emmanuel Finkiel ... Conservatory Professor
Jian-Zhang ... Jean-Pierre

Omar Habib ... Assad
Jamal Djabou ... Mounir
Vladislav Galard ... Clerk

Walter Shnorkell ... Verodin
Marianne Puech ... Notaire
Alphonse Cemin ... Pianist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Birgé-Cotte ... Tom enfant
Estelle Brattesani ... Passante
Justine Le Pottier

Aleksandra Yermak ... Audience member (uncredited)

Directed by
Jacques Audiard 
 
Writing credits
Jacques Audiard (scenario) &
Tonino Benacquista (scenario)

James Toback (earlier screenplay: d'après le film "Fingers" écrit et réalisé par)

Produced by
Pascal Caucheteux .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alexandre Desplat 
 
Cinematography by
Stéphane Fontaine 
 
Film Editing by
Juliette Welfling 
 
Casting by
Richard Rousseau 
Marion Touitou 
 
Production Design by
François Emmanuelli 
 
Set Decoration by
Marie Cheminal 
Sandrine Mauvezin 
 
Costume Design by
Virginie Montel 
 
Makeup Department
Laurence Boulet .... additional hair assistant
Pierre Chavialle .... key hair stylist
Isabelle Goulliart .... additional makeup artist
Frédérique Ney .... key makeup artist
Dorota Okulicz .... additional makeup artist (as Dorota Okulicz-Kozaryn)
Emmanuel Pitois .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Martine Cassinelli .... production manager
Laurencina Lam .... post-production manager
Claire Langmann .... general manager
Patrick Le Goc .... unit manager
Thibault Spiral .... assistant unit manager
Monica Taverna .... assistant production manager
Monica Taverna .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vincent Dachet .... second assistant director
Denis Kralj .... assistant director: location
Christelle Lahaye .... additional assistant director
Félicie Leguay .... assistant director trainee
Serge Onteniente .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Stéphane Becimol .... assistant decorator
Marie Cheminal .... set dresser
Florent Coulbouée .... carpenter
Christophe Deyris .... carpenter
David Fargot .... painter
Stéphanie Fortunato .... art department
Antoine Galinié .... props
Jean-Michel Guerrin .... carpenter
Jean-Michel Guérin .... constructor
Sophie Lampkin .... key painter
Thierry Lautout .... painter
Chloé Leguay .... assistant decorator
Sandrine Mauvezin .... set dresser
Christophe Perruchi .... property master
François Scala .... carpenter
Martinus Van Lunen .... construction manager
Jean-Claude Waeyaert .... carpenter (as Jean-Claude Waeyert)
 
Sound Department
Philippe Amouroux .... sound re-recording mixer
Jean-Philippe Angelini .... post-synchronisation
Nicolas Cantin .... boom operator
Nicolas d'Halluin .... sound recordist
Xavier Drouault .... foley artist
Isabelle Filippi .... post-synchronisation
Michel Filippi .... adr supervisor
Cyril Holtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Nikolas Javelle .... sound editor
Lionel Le Bras .... boom operator
Jean-Louis Lebras .... boom operator (as Jean-Louis Le Bras)
Alexis Leverve .... sound mixer
Vincent Milner .... foley artist
Johann Nallet .... sound recordist
Sandy Notarianni .... dialogue editor
Philippe Penot .... foley artist
Julien Sicart .... additional boom operator
Brigitte Taillandier .... sound
Pascal Villard .... supervising sound editor
Pascal Vonhatten .... sound recordist (as Pascal Von Hatten)
 
Special Effects by
Hubert Devinck .... rain effects
Philippe Hubin .... special effects supervisor
Philippe Hubin .... special effects
Denis Le Doyen .... rain effects
Sylvain Magnaud .... rain effects
 
Visual Effects by
Bertrand Levallois .... visual effects producer
 
Stunts
Alain Barbier .... stunts
Sybille Blouin .... stunts
Jean-Claude Bonnichon .... stunts
Michel Carliez .... stunt coordinator
Yves Girard .... stunts
Albert Goldberg .... stunts
Christian Hening .... stunts
Patrick Médioni .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Arnaud Carney .... additional assistant camera
Marc Casi .... additional grip
Xavier Cholet .... gaffer
Marie Decourt .... second assistant camera
Aurélien Dubois .... second assistant camera: second unit
Isabelle Dumas .... first assistant camera
Jean-Bernard Josko .... additional grip
Malek Krimed .... assistant camera
Jean-Claude Lother .... still photographer
Luis Peralta .... additional electrician
Sébastien Plessis .... electrician
Luc Reyrolle .... electrician
Carlos Ribeiro .... additional grip
Stéphane Rouillon .... grip
Hervé Rousset .... additional grip
Christophe Sournac .... additional electrician
Joel Spinola .... electrician (as Joël Spinola)
Michel Strasser .... key grip
 
Casting Department
Cécile Chaspoul .... extras casting
Stéphanie Nataf .... extras casting
Marion Touitou .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Olivia Lahougue .... wardrobe
Isabelle Pannetier .... costume supervisor
Paulette Ribot .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Marie-Pierre Frappier .... assistant editor
Isabelle Julien .... color timer
Charlotte Mazzinghi .... intermediate color grader
Fabien Pascal .... color timer
Carlos Pinto .... second assistant editor
 
Music Department
Caroline Duris .... musical consultant
Frédéric Fortuny .... music consultant
Thomas Jamois .... soundtrack coordinator (uncredited)
Stéphane Reichart .... music scoring mixer: Soundtrack CD (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Pascal Bayse .... groupman
Eric Dupressoir .... groupman
Sylvia Pain .... production administrator
Georges Polonia .... groupman
Harmel Sbraire .... coach: actors
Hervé Taini .... groupman
Nathalie Vierny .... script supervisor
 

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Also Known As:
"De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
Germany:107 min | Japan:108 min | USA:108 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Thomas's headphones are Sony MDR-V300.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remake of Fingers (1978)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sonate en do mineurSee more »

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72 out of 86 people found the following review useful.
This movie doesn't skip a beat, 15 July 2005
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

The premise is far-fetched but simple. Approaching thirty, Tom Seyre (Romain Duris) is working hard as an enforcer and violent rent collector for his dad, a scumbag real estate tycoon (Niels Arestrup). But a chance encounter starts him thinking he might be the talented concert pianist he once dreamed of, in the image of his late mother. Without stopping his usual work he tries to prepare an audition.

Based on a flop more admired in France than the US, James Toback's 70's Harvey Keitel vehicle about a violent would-be pianist, "Fingers," this compulsively watchable, thrillingly accomplished new movie by Jacques Audiard ("De Battre mon cœur s'est arrêté", still showing in Paris as it opens here) echoes his previous compellingly offbeat "Read My Lips" in grafting together two separate moral universes. Read My Lips depicted the odd alliance of a firecracker ex-con (Vincent Cassel) and a mild-mannered but angry hearing-impaired office worker (Emmanuelle Devos). It was an intriguing piece -- but seems low energy in retrospect compared to this. Audiard has made a powerful actors' movie in which Duris blooms, a powerful actor now, playing in effect both the Cassel and the Devos parts and acting out the resulting implosion of violence and frustrated artistic passion with astonishing zest. It's hard to believe he was the tame college student narrator of Klapich's "L'Auberge espagnole" three years ago.

Duris as Tom is good-looking but vaguely burnt-out, his eyes a bit crazy, his hair neatly coifed, his jaw firm, has mouth a smiling snarl. The camera is on that square jaw every minute. Uniformed in boots, smart pants, tie and trim leather jacket, he's an elegant young hoodlum who can switch to a dark suit for a real estate hearing or audition, or wipe the blood off his cuff to enter a café or concert hall. He's angry all the time but brings vibrant energy to both of his conflicting lives. Tom finds a beautiful long-haired young master pianist called Miao Lin (Linh Dan Pham) to coach him in piano. These encounters with the keyboard he approaches like a prize fighter going at a punching bag. If he's an artist it's the hairy-chested, coiled, macho kind. How can you teach anybody pianistic excellence? The impossibility of the process is signaled by the teacher's speaking no French. She harangues Tom in Vietnamese, or just says in English over and over, "again" Or "no." Or "no smoking allowed." A cup of tea in the kitchen at end of session. Tom goes at the same piece over and over, a Bach Toccata. This relationship is an "oasis of calm" in Tom's otherwise 'loca' 'vida' -- the contrasts in such a piece as this are telegraphed without much subtlety -- but the unconventionality of the pair helps the scenes to avoid cliché. And the intensity is just as focused in these quiet moments.

There are other strong relationships. Tom isn't isolated; he works with partners, one of whom uses him to hide his two-timing from his wife. Arestrup, who looks like a French version of late Brando, is superb as the blowsy, burnt out father, a big sensualist, an irresistible presence, always smoking drinking and eating, soft but nasty, irritating but impossible for Tom not to love and protect. Tom pursues Minskov (Anton Yakovlev), a Russian Mafioso his dad has tangled with, and winds up sleeping with Minskov's French girlfriend as well as somebody else's wife. Every encounter he has is reckless and intense. Duris doesn't fail us in any of this. Emmanuelle Devos is his dad's new girlfriend, whom Tom first calls a whore and rejects and then wants to hire on to calm things on the home front. Where's it all going to end? Despite all that's going on, as one French critic said, "there's no fat" in this picture. The pushes and pulls of the hero's dilemma make for fabulously kinetic editing and the action never goes soft. A final sequel resolves things. Some say it's milder than the American version, but that's overlooking the visceral punch of the action throughout. The dialogue underlines that just as in Read My Lips, people aren't communicating too well. It may be music is all that links them.

The shortcomings of such a movie are its simplifications. The crooked real estate life like the classical pianist life can be no more than impressionistically dabbed in. And there's an occasional danger that Romain Duris -- who studied piano for months with his pianist sister for the keyboard sequences -- may be trying too hard sometimes. Since Tom also loves electro which he listens to with big headphones in his car -- as the word is Duris himself does -- classical music maybe doesn't grab the film as wholeheartedly as it ought to. You can't expect profundity but from the sound of "Fingers," this is more accomplished film-making. It may not have as much conviction, but this is wildly entertaining. And more than that, it's a movie where everything comes together, scenario, actors, editing. Audiard, who showed us dark secret places last time, now reveals himself a virtuoso of violence and passion.

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