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The Beat That My Heart Skipped [2005] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Romain Duris, Neils Arestrup, Jonathan Zaccai, Gilles Cohen, Linh Dan Pham
  • Directors: Jacques Audiard
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Mar. 2006
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000C05YGI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,506 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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French thriller starring Romain Duris as Tom, an aspiring musician playing seedy bars in the backstreets of Paris. Torn between his music and the example of his sleazy father's life of crime, Tom seems set to follow in his footsteps. But when he meets by chance a friend of his concert pianist mother's, Tom's musical ambitions are awoken and he strives to make a better life for himself.

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The Beat That My Heart Skipped could single-handedly give remakes a good name. Based on the 1978 American movie Fingers, The Beat , it stars Romain Duris (L'Auberge Espagnole) as Tom, a hoodlum who works the shady side of real estate--evicting poor families from slums, cutting quick and dirty deals in the middle of the night--following in the footsteps of his sleazy father. But clearly Tom loathes both himself and everything he does. One night he accidentally runs into the man who managed Tom's mother, who was a pianist; the manager asks Tom himself to audition, as Tom once showed promise. All at once Tom hires a tutor and neglects his "duties," raising the ire of his cohorts but starting to make himself happy. This could be hokum about the power of art, but Duris' performance is so visceral, so emotionally vivid and engaging, that The Beat That My Heart Skippedbecomes a remarkable parable about the danger of betraying yourself--all the more powerful because Tom's life doesn't simply get better, it grows dangerously more complicated. A superb movie with excellent performances throughout, making Duris' standout work all the more impressive. --Bret Fetzer

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ian Thumwood on 5 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
On the face of it, the subject of this film seems too improbable and such a bizarre juxtaposition of themes that you can understand why it would be easily over-looked. However, this is quality piece of drama that is easily of the same calibre of other gangster films such as "Goodfellas" although there are echoes of the excellent "Long Good Friday" in the way that the criminals eventually bite of more than they can chew.

As someone who has been exploring French cinema over the last few years, I quickly came to the conclusion that Romain Duris is probably the most compelling actor of his generation and that the comparisons with Robert De Niron are not without foundation. Whilst films like "Paris" and "Moliere" are exceptional, lightweight comedies, "The beat that my heart skipped" is essentially a film about small time criminals with Duris playing a character who has become tired of following in his father's footsteps, wishing instead to pick up his talent for playing the piano. Unfortunately, the father has a new girlfriend and is looking towards his son, played by Duris, to step up to the mantle to regain a grip on the protection rackets he has been running. Essentially, the film then concentrates upon Duris' increased lack of enthusiasm for evicting illegal immigrants who can no longer afford to pay their rent and increasingly takes solice in resurrecting his piano studies with a a gentle and sympathetic teacher with a view to getting a place in a conservatory. The film chronicles the increasing conflict in interest but rapidly moves up a few gears when we learn that his father's criminal "empire" is strictly small fry when compared to the Russian gangsters who have moved on to his patch.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By MICHAEL ACUNA on 19 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
Tom (Romain Duris) works as a sort of real-estate thug. He and his partners trash buildings in low-income areas, buying them low and selling them high for a quick profit. It's a grotesque scam that involves letting sewer rats loose in target buildings so as to scare out squatters and sometimes paying tenants.
Tom's work is morally corrupt and physically debilitating and Tom manifests this corruptness in the very core of his being: he's depressed, violent, short-tempered and vehemently without empathy and humanity. He is only seemingly nice when a good-looking woman is around and that is only so he can bed her.
Then one day he spots his dead mother's music manager who promises him an audition which draws Tom back into his musical training: something he deserted many years before. Tom throws himself into classical music at first as a challenge to recapture his talent. But what he doesn't initially realize is that music will ultimately prove to be his salvation...turning him from the darkness to the light.
Music has always been something that Tom has associated with what little good he has experienced in his life. To him, music recalls his loving mother. To him, music has always meant love. And he grasps at a life in music like a drowning man grasps at a life preserver. He is as neurotic at reclaiming his musical talent as he is at stealing, drinking, drugging and cheating. He has a goal for the first time in many, many years.
Romain Duris ("The Spanish Apartment," "Le Divorce") heretofore has always been the good guy: young and sweet yet in both of these roles he was always a little devious, a little devilish. Here, Duris is all about Cuban-heeled shoes, black leather jacket, buffed out body, dyed black hair and unflinching scowl.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By 3inarow on 16 Oct. 2008
Format: DVD
A property developer on the fringes of legality rediscovers his talent for the piano and seeks a career in music rather than as petty gangster. Sounds unconvincing on paper but onscreen this is a story that is engaging throughout. There are occasional bursts of violence but this story is character driven. The main character initially appears unsympathetic but the viewer is soon willing him on in his determined pursuit of a career which those around him, including his father, tell him is a distraction from the realities of life. Right to the very end of the film, he is pulled between the artistic and the violent.

I cannot recommend this highly enough.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Vicky Martin on 4 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD
One of the reviewers said they found the idea of redemption through music unconvincing. But I think this misses the point, the film doesn't answer the question it asks it. Because at the end we don't really know if the character has found any sort of redemption. As the film closes, the main character has just half killed someone in revenge? Is that redemption or does it mean his basic violent character is unchanged. The same reviewer says he found the idea of becoming a concert pianist unconvincing. But the main character doesn't become a concert pianist. He is with the Chinese girl who is the concert pianist. The leaves us watching the bloodstained main character watching her on stage. So in typically French style we are left with questions and more questions. This is not a criticism, it is just what the film does.

So after all that what did I think? Simply brilliant, exquisite phoitgraphy, acting, humour and a fascinating plot, and as most agree a superb central role. So 5 stars it is.
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