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The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005) (France)

PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 3:25 pm
by hengcs

Director: Jacques Audiard
Cast: Romain Duris, Niels Arestrup

The official website is here

At the Berlin International Film Festival 2005, it won the Silver Bear for Best Film Music .

Yes, the catchy title did tempt me to watch the film I want to know what it is all about Knowing me, I do not like to read synopsis (which will likely contain some spoilers, no matter how little). However, I notice the poster, and there are captions (from reviews) like thrilling suspenseful Alfred Hitchcock style etc So, in a way I prepare myself wrongly for the film ;( if only they have tried to sell it as a dramatic film which I think is more apt

What is commendable?
-- I have to agree that it is among the best films in terms of CHARACTER study wow! Yes, finally a character that is very real and complex

-- I have to agree that the above is in part boosted by the outstanding performance of Romain Duris!
-- Definitely the soundtrack (e.g., in violin), or if you like classical music (e.g., the piano), or if you prefer contemporary music (e.g., electro music)!
-- It does try to achieve a lot (in terms of theme) hmmm but does it really succeed?
e.g., It dealt with family, father and son, (deceased) mother and son
e.g., It dealt with friendship and love, loyalty versus betrayal, etc
e.g., It dealt with violence versus peace a new life versus an old a dream versus harsh reality work versus leisure (i.e., art/music) etc
-- Overall, I am impressed with how AUTHENTIC and REAL the entire film comes across every scenario is so believable even though they may involve worrisome or frightening situations you can believe all these things do happen to this character wow

What is problematic?
-- The problem (if any) is the film does not really pick up for the pace of a thriller every time you think something will happen, nothing very much happens to follow through and sustain it ya, something does happen, but it is over too soon and not very thrilling kind of a let down

* possible minor spoilers *
e.g., in the beginning, they were carrying these bags of unknown squeaking creatures and the audience wondered what they were soon they scurried all over the floor some screams they left nothing else happened
e.g., subsequently, the father asked the son to threaten the restaurant owner when he eventually did, he set fire in the struggle, he reached for a knife and it was at the owners throat then nothing happened
e.g., his friends negotiated a different contract they argued again nothing happened
e.g., his father requested him to get back at the Russian guy he finally located him and identified him the Russian guy went up to his room nothing happened
e.g., before his big day at the piano audition, his friends woke him up in the middle of the night loud bangs on the door oh no would something happened to his hands? oh no did you guess it right I shant tell you anything
* end of minor spoilers *

-- In a way, the many minor subplots are fantastic in helping to understand his character, the mood swings, etc. However, as a whole, these many subplots and events might actually mask the main theme (if any) of the movie. Also, to a large extent, it affected the overall coherence and pacing of the movie

If you are looking for a character study or a great performance by the lead, I say GO FOR IT!

If you are looking for a thriller hmm I would say, I am still thinking if it is indeed *really* a thriller

P.S.: My friend actually considered the film strange and boring

Re: The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005) (France)

PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 2:13 am
by hengcs
wow ... congrats on all its recent wins ...

Cesar - Best Film, etc ... (8 awards)

Lumiere - Best Film & Best Actor

BAFTA - Best Foreign Film

Re: The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005) (France)

PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 3:08 am
by hengcs
originally posted by justindeimen (7/17/06 10:07 am)

Here's movieXclusive's review on it.



A superb remake of James Toback's 1978 FINGERS finds a ne-'er-do-well, who works with two scheming real estate men, decides to return to the playing the piano and envisions this to be a life-changing event. While struggling to regain his mastery of the piano, with a Vietnamese teacher, he is called upon by his partners to participate in shady deals and even help one of them cheat on his wife.

Movie Review:

A re-tooling, if you will, of James Tobacks avant-garde Fingers (197 which starred Harvey Keitel as Jimmy Fingers, a thug whos also a prodigiously gifted pianist torn between his conflicting worlds. This re-imagined take is given the European treatment. Replacing grit with style and intimidation with frisson, its still a dangerous ride through the seedy criminal underbelly of Paris. Seen entirely through the eyes of a singular character, an educated thug by the name of Thomas Seyr (Romain Duris), its a chamber piece of an individuals warring heart and mind.

The first time we see Thomas is during a conversation he has with his irked business associate who explicates his theory of the reversal of roles that fathers and sons inevitably share. Thomas distractedly listens, unaware of an impending change in his life. Quickly cutting to his job, were allowed to see the amorality and unscrupulousness that he is surrounded by, which serves him monetarily and later sexually. Were then introduced to his father (Niels Arestrup), and Thomas learns about his impending nuptials. Theres a discernable undercurrent of hostility in the affection he feels for his father. To understand Thomas, we have to know his past.....

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Thanks for reading my take on it. Audiard's most known from Read My Lips (2000) and Romain Duris from L' Auberge Espagnole.

Re: The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005) (France)

PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 3:22 am
by hengcs
thnks for contributing actively

Re: The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005) (France)

PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 8:44 am
by justindeimen
no prob