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The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)

De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté (original title)
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?

Director:

Jacques Audiard

Writers:

Jacques Audiard (scenario), Tonino Benacquista (scenario) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Romain Duris ... Thomas Seyr
Niels Arestrup ... Robert Seyr
Jonathan Zaccaï ... Fabrice
Gilles Cohen Gilles Cohen ... Sami
Linh Dan Pham ... Miao Lin
Aure Atika ... Aline
Emmanuelle Devos ... Chris
Anton Yakovlev Anton Yakovlev ... Minskov
Mélanie Laurent ... Minskov's Girlfriend
Agnès Aubé Agnès Aubé ... Woman
Etienne Dirand Etienne Dirand ... Old Man
Denis Falgoux Denis Falgoux ... Metreur
Serge Onteniente Serge Onteniente ... Man
Sandy Whitelaw Sandy Whitelaw ... Mr. Fox
Emmanuel Finkiel ... Conservatory Professor
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Storyline

Twenty-eight-year-old Tom leads a life that might be termed as criminal. In doing so, he follows in the footsteps of his father, who made his money from dirty, and sometimes brutal, real estate deals. Tom is a pretty hard-boiled guy but also strangely considerate as far as his father is concerned. Somehow he appears to have arrived at a critical juncture in his life when a chance encounter prompts him to take up the piano and become a concert pianist, like his mother. He senses that this might be his final opportunity to take back his life. His piano teacher is a Chinese piano virtuoso who has recently come to live in France. She doesn't speak a lick of French so music becomes the only language they have in common. Before long, Jacques' bid to be a better person means that he begins to yearn for true love. But, when he finally has the chance of winning his best friend's wife, his passion only succeeds in scaring her. And then, one day, his dubious past comes to light... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Taglines:

Can music tame the raging soul?

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France

Release Date:

16 March 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Beat That My Heart Skipped See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€5,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,179,031 (France), 18 March 2005

Opening Weekend USA:

$81,277, 4 July 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,023,424, 11 December 2005
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Romain Duris's sister is a pianist, and she is the one who taught him to play piano for this film. See more »

Quotes

Sami: Playing piano is making you flip. Stop it now!
Thomas Seyr: Nothing's making me flip. I'm not flipping. I'm having a ball. I feel fantastic, dont' you see? It's important, I'm serious about it.
Sami: You gonna make dough from pianos?
Thomas Seyr: Not pianos, the piano! It's not about making money, it's about art.
Sami: What's in it for us? You coming to meetings all, 'Hi guys, I've been playing piano.' Shit, I'll take up the banjo.
Thomas Seyr: It's over your head
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Connections

Remake of Fingers (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Toccata en ré mineur
de Johann Sebastian Bach (as Bach)
Interprète piano: Caroline Duris
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Slumlords
10 July 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

This is a first for the French cinema, the remake of an American film, when just the opposite is what happens always. The Americans love to redo what some French director did before, with mediocre results. "The Beat that my Heart Skipped" was adapted for the screen by Jacques Audiard and Tonino Benaquesta, from the 1978 film by James Toback, an under appreciated director that deserves more credit for his work in this country. Mr. Audiard directed the French version.

As a character study of Thomas, the film somewhat succeeds in presenting his ambivalence as a petty criminal and as a frustrated pianist that is trying to regain his skill in playing the instrument. Thomas is, from all accounts, an ugly character that will engage in all kinds of under handed situations in order to make a living. Most of the motivation in Thomas' actions is driven by his loyalty to his small crook father, who is constantly nagging him to take care of the old man's criminal activities as well.

In Romain Duris, director Audiard gets a multi layered performance that is what keeps the film going. Mr. Duris, an intense actor, is the dominant figure in the movie, and perhaps the excuse for seeing the film. Nils Arestrup, as the father, has also some good moments.


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