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Director:
Writers:
Jacques Audiard (scenario) &
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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 20 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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User Reviews:
Maybe the best French film I've seen so far this year- stylish, realistic, not for everyone... See more (70 total) »

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:
Toccata en mi mineurSee more »

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33 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Maybe the best French film I've seen so far this year- stylish, realistic, not for everyone..., 24 July 2005
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

For the particular movie fan, The Beat That My Heart Skipped, is a slice of intensity, wonder, and subtlety that can only come from Europe. The director/co-writer, Jacques Audiard, has taken a film previously made by James Toback called Fingers, starring Harvey Keitel in the role now occupied by Romain Duris, and made it his own. If I had seen the original version I would make a couple of comparisons to it (at the least, for those who didn't see the original the remake makes you want to check out the original, if only for the acting appeal of Keitel). However I did think about another wonderful French film in the vein of this film- Francois Truffaut's Shoot the Piano Player.

While Truffaut's film is a little more concerned about the lead's relationship(s) with women, I felt a kind of connection between the material of the two pieces- sometimes intense, usually lyrical, tales of a person trying to find what fits more for them, the more criminal side, or the artistic side. And, much like Truffaut and his other New-Wave counterparts, Audiard successfully takes an American formula picture and forms it well into a French setting.

There are a few reasons to recommend the movie, one would be for the music, which gives repeated but specific renditions of a Bach tune. Another would be just for the technical-side, which is well-done in hand-held, neo-noir style by Stephane Fontaine. Another could even just be for how Audiard tells his story, or sometimes doesn't tell it: a couple of times mid-way through the film, I wondered if the story of this character would 'go' anywhere, which can either make or break a film of this kind. It pleasantly (or intensely) did, bringing a catharsis for a viewer by the final scenes.

But likely for most the prominent reason would be for the realistic acting, in particular by its star Duris. As I said, I can't make comparisons between a heavyweight like Keitel and Duris (whom I've never seen in a film before this), but on his own terms Duris creates his character believably. It's at times a complex character, or sometimes not- he has that kind of attitude and face where you don't know whether he's really a 'street-level' guy or more straight laced. The split that is also apparent in the character's parents, one a classic pianist who's passed on (the mother), and the other a more criminal-type of a father, also gives the film an added boost of psychological energy. The lead in this film, much like with the storytelling (or lack of it), dictates how it may turn out.

In the end, Audiard and Duris make it compelling enough for the film to be about him, his conflicts, his lusts, his music. It's a wonderful movie that seems to have passed under the radar (it's in only a few theaters around the area) amid other independent summer fare, but if you're an enthusiast of character-driven thrillers that give a bitter-sweet edge, it's a must-see.

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