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The Beat That My Heart Skipped ()

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

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  • Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 20 wins & 13 nominations.
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Cast

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Thomas Seyr
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Robert Seyr
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Fabrice
Gilles Cohen ...
Sami
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Miao Lin
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Aline
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Chris
Anton Yakovlev ...
Minskov
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Minskov's Girlfriend
Agnès Aubé ...
Woman
Etienne Dirand ...
Old Man
Denis Falgoux ...
Metreur
Serge Onteniente ...
Man
Sandy Whitelaw ...
Mr. Fox
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Conservatory Professor
Jian-Zhang ...
Jean-Pierre
Omar Habib ...
Assad
Jamal Djabou ...
Mounir
Vladislav Galard ...
Clerk
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Verodin
Marianne Puech ...
Notaire
Alphonse Cemin ...
Pianist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Birgé-Cotte ...
Tom enfant
Estelle Brattesani ...
Passante
Justine Le Pottier

Directed by

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Jacques Audiard

Written by

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Jacques Audiard ... (scenario) &
Tonino Benacquista ... (scenario)
 
James Toback ... (earlier screenplay: d'après le film "Fingers" écrit et réalisé par)

Produced by

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Pascal Caucheteux ... producer

Music by

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Alexandre Desplat

Cinematography by

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Stéphane Fontaine

Film Editing by

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Juliette Welfling

Editorial Department

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Miguel Bejo ... telecine dailies colorist
Marie-Pierre Frappier ... assistant editor
Isabelle Julien ... color timer
Charlotte Mazzinghi ... intermediate color grader
Fabien Pascal ... color timer
Carlos Pinto ... second assistant editor

Casting By

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Richard Rousseau
Marion Touitou

Production Design by

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François Emmanuelli

Set Decoration by

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Marie Cheminal
Alexandrine Mauvezin-Bosque ... (as Sandrine Mauvezin)

Costume Design by

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Virginie Montel

Makeup Department

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Laurence Boulet ... additional hair assistant
Pierre Chavialle ... key hair stylist
Isabelle Goulliart ... additional makeup artist
Frédérique Ney ... key makeup artist
Dorota Okulicz ... additional makeup artist (as Dorota Okulicz-Kozaryn)
Emmanuel Pitois ... key special makeup effects and prosthetics / special makeup effects artist

Production Management

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Martine Cassinelli ... production manager
Laurencina Lam ... post-production manager
Claire Langmann ... general manager
Patrick Le Goc ... unit manager
Thibault Spiral ... assistant unit manager
Monica Taverna ... assistant production manager / assistant unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Vincent Dachet ... second assistant director
Denis Kralj ... assistant director: location
Christelle Lahaye ... additional assistant director
Félicie Leguay ... assistant director trainee
Serge Onteniente ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Stéphane Becimol ... assistant decorator
Marie Cheminal ... set dresser
Florent Coulbouée ... carpenter
Christophe Deyris ... carpenter
David Fargot ... painter
Stéphanie Fortunato ... art department
Antoine Galinié ... props
Jean-Michel Guerrin ... carpenter
Jean-Michel Guérin ... constructor
Sophie Lampkin ... key painter
Thierry Lautout ... painter
Chloe Leguay ... assistant decorator (as Chloé Leguay)
Alexandrine Mauvezin-Bosque ... set dresser (as Sandrine Mauvezin)
Christophe Perruchi ... property master
François Scala ... carpenter
Martinus Van Lunen ... construction manager
Jean-Claude Waeyaert ... carpenter (as Jean-Claude Waeyert)

Sound Department

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Philippe Amouroux ... re-recording mixer
Jean-Philippe Angelini ... post-synchronisation
Nicolas Cantin ... boom operator
Nicolas d'Halluin ... sound recordist
Xavier Drouault ... foley artist
Isabelle Filippi ... post-synchronisation
Michel Filippi ... adr supervisor
Cyril Holtz ... re-recording mixer
Nikolas Javelle ... sound editor
Lionel Le Bras ... boom operator
Jean-Louis Lebras ... boom operator (as Jean-Louis Le Bras)
Alexis Leverve ... sound mixer
Vincent Milner ... foley artist
Johann Nallet ... sound recordist
Sandy Notarianni ... dialogue editor
Philippe Penot ... foley artist
Julien Sicart ... additional boom operator
Brigitte Taillandier ... sound
Pascal Villard ... supervising sound editor
Pascal Vonhatten ... sound recordist (as Pascal Von Hatten)

Special Effects by

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Hubert Devinck ... rain effects
Philippe Hubin ... special effects supervisor / special effects
Denis Le Doyen ... rain effects
Sylvain Magnaud ... rain effects

Visual Effects by

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Bertrand Levallois ... visual effects producer
Pierre Michel-Estival ... title designer

Stunts

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Alain Barbier ... stunts
Sybille Blouin ... stunts
Jean-Claude Bonnichon ... stunts
Michel Carliez ... stunt coordinator
Yves Girard ... stunts
Albert Goldberg ... stunts
Christian Hening ... stunts
Patrick Médioni ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Arnaud Carney ... additional assistant camera
Marc Casi ... additional grip
Xavier Cholet ... gaffer
Marie Decourt ... second assistant camera
Aurélien Dubois ... second assistant camera: second unit
Isabelle Dumas ... first assistant camera
Jean-Bernard Josko ... additional grip
Malek Krimed ... assistant camera
Sophie Lemaire ... first assistant camera: second unit
Jean-Claude Lother ... still photographer
Luis Peralta ... additional electrician
Sébastien Plessis ... electrician
Luc Reyrolle ... electrician
Carlos Ribeiro ... additional grip
Stéphane Rouillon ... grip
Hervé Rousset ... additional grip
Christophe Sournac ... additional electrician
Joel Spinola ... electrician (as Joël Spinola)
Michel Strasser ... key grip

Casting Department

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Cécile Chaspoul ... extras casting
Stéphanie Nataf ... extras casting
Marion Touitou ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Olivia Lahougue ... wardrobe
Isabelle Pannetier ... costume supervisor
Paulette Ribot ... costumer

Music Department

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Caroline Duris ... musical consultant
Frédéric Fortuny ... music consultant
Dominique Lemonnier ... concert master
Guy-Paul Romby ... music copyist
Thomas Jamois ... soundtrack coordinator (uncredited)
Stéphane Reichart ... music scoring mixer: Soundtrack CD (uncredited)

Other crew

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Pascal Bayse ... groupman
Eric Dupressoir ... groupman
Fred Grivois ... title designer
Sylvia Pain ... production administrator
Georges Polonia ... groupman
Harmel Sbraire ... coach: actors
Hervé Taini ... groupman
Nathalie Vierny ... script supervisor

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • The Beat That My Heart Skipped (World-wide, English title)
  • The Beat That My Heart Skipped (United States)
  • The Beat That My Heart Skipped (United Kingdom)
  • Der wilde Schlag meines Herzens (Germany)
  • De latir mi corazón se ha parado (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 108 min
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Box Office

Budget EUR5,300,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend France $1,179,031, 18 Mar 2005

Did You Know?

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Trivia Romain Duris's sister is a pianist, and she is the one who taught him to play piano for this film. See more »
Movie Connections Remake of Fingers (1978). See more »
Soundtracks Toccata en ré mineur 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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