Beat That My Heart Skipped [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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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.Read more ›
I cannot recommend this highly enough.
Romain Dupris' performance is outstanding, the way he conveys a nervous, edgy energy is hypnotic and he looks pretty cool aswell! He's entirely believable with a kind of Liam Gallagher swagger (Don't let that put you off!) If this film hadn't been in a foreign language then an oscar would have been his.
Remember this is no Disney film, without giving away too much there's some nasty violence towards the end. This is a film that will definately leave a lasting impression.
P.S. What a genius title!!
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.Read more ›
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After all the very good reviews, I have to say, that like others on here, this film left me a little flat, though I wouldn't put any one off watching it. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Thespionic
Beautifully judged film - could so easily have been overly sentimental but instead touched my heart as well as my mind in a delicate way. Recommended!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great film, great character. I fell in love with parisians again. The real kind. Romain is the real kind.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer