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Murmur of the Heart ()

Le souffle au coeur (original title)
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As France is nearing the end of the first Indochina War, an open-minded teenage boy finds himself torn between a rebellious urge to discover love, and the ever-present, almost dominating... See more »

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Clara Chevalier
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Laurent Chevalier
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Charles Chevalier
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Father Henri
Ave Ninchi ...
Augusta
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Freda (the prostitute)
Fabien Ferreux ...
Thomas
Marc Winocourt ...
Marc
Micheline Bona ...
Aunt Claudine
Henri Poirier ...
Uncle Leonce
Liliane Sorval ...
Fernande
Corinne Kersten ...
Daphne
Eric Walter
François Werner ...
Hubert
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Man at Bastille Day party
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Helene
Jacques Gheusi ...
Hotel receptionist
Yvon Lec ...
Father Superior
Jean-Pierre Pessoz ...
Soldier
Bernadette Robert
Annie Savarin ...
Le cuisinière
Jacques Sereys ...
Le médecin (Doctor)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Éric Burnelli ...
Maitre d'Hotel (uncredited)
Nicole Carrière ...
Mother (uncredited)
Michel Charrel ...
Disquaire (uncredited)
Huguette Faget ...
Mother (uncredited)
Isabelle Kloucowski ...
Madeleine (uncredited)
Lia Wanital ...
Mother (uncredited)

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Louis Malle

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Louis Malle ... (written by)

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Vincent Malle ... producer
Claude Nedjar ... producer

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Ricardo Aronovich

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Suzanne Baron

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Catherine Brasier-Snopko ... assistant editor (as Catherine Snopko)
Solange Leprince ... assistant editor

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Jean-Jacques Caziot

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Jacky Reynal ... makeup artist

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Maurice Urbain ... unit manager

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Rida Draïs ... assistant director
Fernand Moszkowicz ... assistant director (as Fernand Moscowicz)
Ghislain Uhry ... collaborating director

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Philippe Turlure ... assistant art director

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Jean-Claude Laureux ... sound
Michel Vionnet ... assistant sound

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Sidney Bechet ... composer: stock music
Gaston Frèche ... composer: stock music
Charlie Parker ... composer: stock music
Henri Renaud ... composer: stock music

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Élisabeth Rappeneau ... script girl
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Plot Summary

This is a jolly coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old boy named Laurent Chevalier who is growing up in bourgeois surroundings in Dijon, France. This is France in the mid-1950s rather than America in the 1990s. Thus, Laurent is unharmed by events which would irreparably shatter the self-esteem of a modern American adolescent: he gets drunk, he smokes, he has sex, he is smothered by his mother, he is ignored by his father, a priest makes a pass at him, he gets rheumatoid fever, etc. There's enough scandalous behavior in this film to make 100 made-for-TV movies, and yet this is a very happy and oddly innocent tale. Written by Tim Horrigan

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Also Known As
  • Soffio al cuore (Italy)
  • Herzflimmern (West Germany)
  • Murmur of the Heart (World-wide, English title)
  • Murmur of the Heart (United States)
  • Dearest Love (Ireland, English title)
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  • 118 min
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Trivia While the incest aspects of the story were not autobiographical, Louis Malle did in fact end up sharing a hotel room with his mother as a child while on a trip to treat his heart murmur due to "bizarre" circumstances. See more »
Goofs During the chess match, the boys are sitting on what should be the spectator sides of the board, rather than the player sides. It appears that the chessmen were set up along the files rather than the ranks. (The lower right hand corner squares are black, when they should be white.) See more »
Movie Connections Featured in White Man's Burden/Last Summer in the Hamptons/Wild Bill/The Journey of August King/Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995). See more »
Quotes Freda: Come sit by me. So this is your first time? Don't worry. I'm used to it. I always get the virgins. Everything'll be all right. Just relax, sweetie.
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