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De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté (2005)

Original Title : De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté
Director : Jacques Audiard
Writer : Jacques Audiard
Tonino Benacquista
James Toback
Genre : Crime
Drama
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Pascal Caucheteux
Music : Alexandre Desplat
Photography : Stéphane Fontaine
Distributor : Bio Rex Distribution
IMDB ID : 0411270
Official site : http://www.wellspring.com/movies/movie.html?movie_id=63
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Starring

Romain Duris Thomas Seyr
Niels Arestrup Robert Seyr
Jonathan Zaccaï Fabrice
Gilles Cohen Sami
Linh Dan Pham Miao Lin
Aure Atika Aline
Emmanuelle Devos Chris
Anton Yakovlev Minskov
Mélanie Laurent Minskov's Girlfriend
Agnès Aubé Woman
Etienne Dirand Old Man
Denis Falgoux Metreur
Serge Boutleroff Man (as Serge Onteniente
Sandy Whitelaw Mr. Fox
Emmanuel Finkiel Conservatory Professor
Jian-Zhang Jean-Pierre
Omar Habib Assad
Jamal Djabou Mounir
Vladislav Galard Clerk
Walter Shnorkell Verodin
Marianne Puech Notaire
Alphonse Cemin Pianist
David Birgé-Cotte Tom enfant
 

Plot

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. And then, one day, his dubious past comes to light...
 

Comments

Don't miss this one (in America it's called "The Beat My Heart Skipped"), 8 May 2005 Author: SONNYK_USA from NYC Rising French director Jacques Audiard ("Read My Lips") has naturally relocated James Toback's "Fingers" from New York City to Paris. He's also modified the Mafioso's in the original by creating a tight gang of 'real estate' brokers (brokers that break windows, dump rats, etc. to move squatters off their properties).Basic plot line involves a young man, 'Tom', who is very much caught up in 'the life' of being a thug like his father. He pals around with his two partners and they work hard by day and party harder at night (usually ending with a barfight). Then one day he spots his deceased mother's old music agent who offers him an audition in gratitude (Tom's mother was a professional concert pianist).What follows is an intriguing and humorous plot line as Tom takes on a piano coach (from Beijing no less) and tries to regain his affinity with the piano almost ten years after he'd stopped playing.Extremely well-acted film with Romain Duris (as 'Tom') offering up one of those rare performances that's absolutely mesmerizing (most USA audiences will remember him from "L'Auberge espagnole" - another French film worth your time!).
 
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