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Beat that my Heart Skipped (The)

France, French, 107 mins

Original Title

De Battre Mon Coeur s'est Arrêté
  • Director: Jacques Audiard
  • Writer: Jacques Audiard; Tonino Benacquista
  • Producer: Pascal Caucheteux

CGiii Comment

Vile estate agents and an excellent character study - Duris excels.

Audiard directs with a refreshing crispness.


The(ir) Blurb...

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.

Cast & Characters

Romain Duris as Thomas Seyr;
Niels Arestrup as Robert Seyr;
Jonathan Zaccai as Fabrice;
Gilles Cohen as Sami;
Linh Dan Pham as Miao Lin;
Aure Atika as Aline;
Emmanuelle Devos as Chris;
Anton Yakovlev as Minskov;
Melanie Laurent as Minskov's Girlfriend;
Agnes Aube as Woman;
Etienne Dirand as Old Man;
Denis Falgoux as Metreur;
Serge Boutleroff as Man;
Sandy Whitelaw as Mr. Fox;
Emmanuel Finkiel as Conservatory Professor

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