The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)

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Will Thomas still lead a life of crime and cruelty, just like his thuggish father, or will he pursue his dream of becoming a pianist?


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8 May 2005 | SONNYK_USA
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| Don't miss this one (in America it's called "The Beat My Heart Skipped")
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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Release Date:

16 March 2005

Language

French, English, Russian, Vietnamese, Mandarin


Country of Origin

France

Filming Locations

Paris, France

Box Office

Budget:

EUR5,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,365 3 July 2005

Gross USA:

$1,023,424

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,757,109

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