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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 affection of his beloved mother.

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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations.
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Clara Chevalier
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Laurent Chevalier
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Charles Chevalier
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Father Henri
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Augusta
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Freda (the prostitute)
Fabien Ferreux ...
Thomas
Marc Winocourt ...
Marc
Micheline Bona ...
Aunt Claudine
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Uncle Leonce
Liliane Sorval ...
Fernande
Corinne Kersten ...
Daphne
Eric Walter ...
Laurent's friend
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)
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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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Taglines A souffle of a movie! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Soffio al cuore (Italy)
  • Herzflimmern (West Germany)
  • Le Souffle Au Coeur (Canada, English title)
  • Le Souffle Au Coeur (India, English title)
  • Murmur of the Heart (World-wide, English title)
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  • 118 min
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Trivia Writer/director Louis Malle based many aspects of the protagonist Laurent's life on his own experiences growing up. This included his love of jazz, curiosity about literature, the "tyranny" of his two older brothers who tried to introduce him to sex, and having a heart murmur. However, Malle grew up in the 1930's and 40's, not the 50's as Laurent does. 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 Michel, Laurent's friend: They punished my whole class Saturday.
Laurent Chevalier: What for?
Michel, Laurent's friend: We put a bra on the statue of St. Thérèse.
Laurent Chevalier: You're such babies. You know what my brothers did? You know that big statue of St. Ignatius? They hoisted it onto the chapel roof. My parents were furious.
Michel, Laurent's friend: Were they caught?
Laurent Chevalier: Someone squealed. They tried claiming it was a miracle. They got expelled anyway.
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