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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 sound of a heart breaking is loud. Especially when it's empty. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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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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HEARTBEAT (Alain Cavalier, 1968) **1/2
23 August 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Slick but rather tedious romantic melodrama from a novel by Francoise Sagan, despite the presence of two of European cinema's most representative - and durable - actors in Catherine Deneuve and Michel Piccoli (who've been teamed a staggering 16 times throughout the years but their best moment, surely, was in Luis Bunuel's sublime BELLE DE JOUR [1967]).

With a plot that's too thin - and familiar - to sustain its length, the film depends entirely on its two stars: Piccoli, however, has played this role far too often (including THE GAME IS OVER [1966] which preceded it; see review above) but Deneuve - at the height of her beauty - is as captivating as ever. Still, Roger Van Hool is vapid as Deneuve's young lover - which rather prevents audience involvement in the couple's plight!


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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 July 1969 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Région parisienne, France See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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