The Beat That My Heart Skipped

Release date:July 1, 2005
(NY, LA)

Studio:Wellspring Media

Director:Jacques Audiard

MPAA Rating:N/A


Starring:Romain Duris, Niels Arestrup, Linh-Dan Pham, Aure Atika, Emmanuelle Devos, Jonathan Zaccai, Gilles Cohen, Anton Yakovlev


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Plot Summary:

In this follow-up to his critical smash "Read My Lips," Jacques Audiard has adapted and updated James Toback's cult 1978 noir "Fingers" to come up with this memorable character study about a young man torn between a life of crime and classical music. "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" premiered at Berlin 2005, where it played to enthusiastic audiences and won the Silver Bear for Best Score. Romain Duris ("L'Auberge Espagnol"), in a standout performance, portrays the 28 year-old Tom who seems destined to follow in his father's footsteps as a Parisian property shark working in a sleazy and sometimes brutal milieu. However, a chance encounter with his late mother's music agent rekindles a desire for a musical career and hope for a better life. Like "Read My Lips," Audiard has fused two unlikely worlds into a stunning vision featuring a menacing and dangerous Paris rarely seen on screen.

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