DE BATTRE MON CŒUR S'EST ARRETE
THE BEAT THAT MY HEART SKIPPED

Director:
Jacques Audiard

Screenplay:
Jacques Audiard & Tonino Benacquista, adapted from James Toback’s “Fingers”

Cast:
Tom: Romain Duris
Robert: Niels Arestrup
Miao-Lin: Linh-Dan Pham
Aline: Aure Atika
Chris: Emmanuelle Devos
Fabrice: Jonathan Zaccaï
Sami: Gilles Cohen

Awards:
Best Film Music, Berlin Film Festival (2005)
Running time: 107’
Production: France, 2005
Rating: Not rated (brief scenes of violence)
Gauge: 35mm, DVD (color)

Distributor:
New Yorker Films




“A blistering film you feel in the pit of your stomach, a jumpy, edgy piece of work that thrust us into a personal maelstrom so tortured and intense, the emotions could be spread with a knife.”
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.

In this stylish reinterpretation of James Toback’s 1978 cult neo-noir film Fingers, Jacques Audiard has combined equal parts Bach and rock, in a groundbreaking Gallic transformation of a thoroughly American genre: gangster-seeking-redemption film. Twenty-eight-year-old Thomas appears destined to follow in the footsteps of his slumlord father. Tom is a sleazy real estate manager who expels squatters from low-rent buildings. An unexpected encounter with the agent of his late mother who was a classical musician reignites a long-buried desire for life as a concert pianist. When the agent proposes an audition, Tom finds a special teacher and propels himself back into his almost forgotten world of classical music, even as he continues to strong-arm deadbeats and other thugs under pressure from his father. As the conflict between his parents’ widely disparate spheres intensifies, Tom feels his longing to be a musician undermining his place in the shadows of the Paris underworld. Will he find liberation? This City of Lights thriller has a richly orchestrated mélange of menace, yearning, and grace.

 
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