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The Beat That My Heart Skipped(De battre mon cœur s'est arrêté)

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France · 2005
1h 47m
Director Jacques Audiard
Starring Romain Duris, Niels Arestrup, Jonathan Zaccaï, Gilles Cohen
Genre Music, Drama, Crime

Like his father, Tom is a real estate agent who profits from dirty, sometimes brutal, deals. After he is introduced to the piano, he starts to audition with the help of a beautiful virtuoso pianist who cannot speak French - music is their only exchange. But pressures from his day job soon become more than he can handle...

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The New Yorker by David Denby

Audiard's work is tense, vivid, and alert, and he's got the right actor as Tom, an irresistibly attractive guy who's pushing thirty yet has no more control over his impulses than a chaotic boy.


Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman

The Beat That My Heart Skipped lacks the screw-loose existential vibrance of "Fingers," yet it teases out a romantic underside to the original I never quite knew was there.


Time by Richard Schickel

Out of a borrowed and preposterous premise, Audiard has fashioned a film that is more haunting--and more compellingly watchable--than it has any right to be.

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