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16 March 2005 (France) See more »
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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  (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
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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Germany:107 min | Japan:108 min | USA:108 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Movie Connections:
Remake of Fingers (1978)See more »
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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Grace From Gracelessness, 29 January 2006
Author: aliasanythingyouwant from United States

The Beat That My Heart Skipped has the pulse of a major film, a certain energy that pulls you in, makes you interested in what it's doing. Its director, Jacques Audiard, gives one the impression that his is a big-league talent; there's a hum to his images that recalls Inarritu, without quite the same manic intensity, and for a brief moment or two puts one in mind of Scorsese, particularly GoodFellas (an early bar-fight scene recalls the dreamy, fixed-in-time feeling of some of Scorsese's violence). His lead actor, Romain Duris, has something of the young De Niro's quality of pent-up violence and greasy charm, but leavened by a more intellectual, less visceral Europeanness. Like Scorsese and De Niro in Taxi Driver, Audiard and Duris conspire to create a memorable study of a low-life seeking to emerge from the slime, though this time the low-life is armed with talent and confidence, and seems maybe capable of turning his dire situation around.

The low-life, Thomas Seyr, is a real-estate broker who's involved in all sorts of shady business deals; he and his slimy partners, Fabrice (Jonathan Zaccai) and Sami (Gilles Cohen), spend much of their time chasing squatters out of the buildings they've procured (planting rats in their room is a favorite tactic), and trying to work their way around government housing regulations (when a group of homeless come to take up residence in one of their tenements they hurriedly smash everything, rendering the rooms uninhabitable; the script seems to be taking advantage of certain sore social issues here). Thomas, a button-man who happens to sometimes work in an office, was born to this kind of work; his father, Robert (the marvelous Niels Arestrup), is also involved in less-than-legitimate enterprise, and sometimes calls upon Thomas to take care of unpleasant business (like beating people up who refuse to pay). Thomas, however, has an unexpected artistic side; his deceased mother was a concert pianist, and one day while driving around the city he encounters her old manager, Fox (Sandy Whitelaw), who encourages him to return to his study of the piano, which he has nearly given up. This awakens in Thomas some latent ambition, a desire to escape his sleazy circumstances; he re-commits himself to his art, which leads him to the door of a recent Chinese immigrant, Miao Lin (Linh Dan Pham), who tutors him, somewhat awkwardly as she speaks no French and he no Chinese. Thomas's less-than-honest life has saddled him with numerous obligations however, ones it will be difficult to leave behind.

The movie's theme is a familiar one: the impossibility of entirely escaping one's past, especially when one is still actively engaged in living the life that has caused one to have a shady past in the first place. Rather than deal with this in some abstract way, Audiard tackles the theme organically; we see what a bundle of unspent nervous energy Thomas is, and realize how his essential personality, his craziness, is the thing that really keeps him from being a pianist instead of a thug. This is not a story of fate being for or against anyone; it's not some cosmic force that keeps Thomas from leaving behind his old life but his own nature, and that of the people around him, especially his father, who is fundamentally a coward and needs Thomas to take care of things for him. Thomas's artistic endeavors are hindered by his inability to focus himself; he can't sit still for a second, and when he plays, the frustration drives him to hammer the keys like he should be able to beat a tune out of the instrument the same way he beats money out of people who owe. His personality is all jagged edges, and what he needs is to smooth them out, to reign in his impulses, his anger. This makes his introduction to Miao Lin all the more fortunate, for she has the patience of a saint, the quiet firmness needed to help tame his immature nature, to bring his fires under control. Romain Duris gives a live-wire performance as Thomas, something reminiscent of the Mean Streets De Niro, and that other great seventies sleaze-ball actor Warren Oates. He's basically an overgrown kid; he seems like his system is always pumped full of sugar (or maybe something stronger), and he has no inhibitions whatsoever which makes him a kick to be around, yet there's something doomed about him, the quality of a ticking time-bomb. Thomas might be a fun guy and a loyal friend (his loyalty is one of his failings), but you just know that sooner or later life is going to blow up in his face.

Audiard and writing partner Tonino Benacquista have smoothly transplanted the plot of James Toback's '70s cult item Fingers (which starred Harvey Keitel), and tweaked it to make it work in modern-day France. The pair seem to have an affinity for rough-edged-but-lovable characters coming under the influence of tender-but-firm women; their earlier film, Read My Lips, dealt with a similar situation, but was more straightforwardly a thriller, and didn't seem as refined either narratively or thematically as The Beat That My Heart Skipped. Audiard is a fantastically assured director, able to infuse a scene with energy without resorting to empty stylistics, and able to elicit dynamic performances that never edge into showiness. Audiard has a feel for the natural energies his actors give off; he taps into Duris's nervous charm, the nagging inadequacy of Niels Arestrup as Thomas's nuisance of a father, the radiant stillness of Linh Dan Pham as Miao Lin. This is one director who makes good movie-making seem easy, rather than making it seem hard on purpose so people will appreciate it more. Add Audiard to the list of modern directors whose next film is a must-see

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