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Heartbeat (1968)

La chamade (original title)
R | | Drama, Romance | 27 July 1969 (USA)
Lucile, 25, is the beautiful mistress of Charles, a rich, good-hearted businessman. Being a kept woman suits her as she refuses to work. She is grateful to Charles for that but she does not... See full summary »

Director:

Alain Cavalier

Writers:

Françoise Sagan (novel), Françoise Sagan (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Catherine Deneuve ... Lucile
Michel Piccoli ... Charles
Roger Van Hool ... Antoine
Amidou ... Etienne
Philippine Pascal Philippine Pascal ... Claire
Monique Lejeune Monique Lejeune
Christiane Lasquin Christiane Lasquin
Matt Carney Matt Carney
Jacques Sereys Jacques Sereys ... Johnny
Irène Tunc ... Diane
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Lucile, 25, is the beautiful mistress of Charles, a rich, good-hearted businessman. Being a kept woman suits her as she refuses to work. She is grateful to Charles for that but she does not feel true love for him. When she meets Antoine, a charming young man of her age, it is love at first sight. But living with Antoine is not as easy as it was with Charles: Lucile is forced to find a job, which she hates. Moreover, she gets pregnant and has to ask Charles for help. After having an abortion, her love for Antoine gradually fades. That is the reason why she comes back to Charles who, full of indulgence, has patiently waited for her. Written by Guy Bellinger

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The heart has many rooms, some filled, most empty. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 July 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heartbeat See more »

Filming Locations:

Région parisienne, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Finnish certificate register # 77529. See more »

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References Hour of the Wolf (1968) See more »

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first class nostalgia...typical silly novel but done beautifully
31 March 2012 | by filmalamosaSee all my reviews

Lucille (Catherine De Neuve age 28) is the mistress of Charles (Picolli age 46) she lives the beautiful carefree life of luxury. She meets Antoine a young artist (real age 30) and starts an affair with him. Charles is willing to allow it but Antoine is jealous.

De Neuve lives awhile with Antoine and predictably it doesn't work. She epitomizes that carefree 60s spirit that another reviewer analyzed correctly as women not really knowing what they wanted (and they never found it).

In any case you watch this movie for 60s nostalgia (all the Citroen DSs) not intellectual content and for that purpose if is first class even if it is an airport novel adapted to movie.

The actors were perfect for the roles they play...Antoine a little too Anthony Perkins looking to be totally handsome...and Charles the perfect rich sugar Daddy. De Neuve of course the prize.


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