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Beat That My Heart Skipped [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

3.9 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: French, Russian, Vietnamese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Wellspring
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B9EYFW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 302,648 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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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By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Dec. 2015
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Tom works on the edges of property development, bouncing squatters, chasing out tenants, and doing a bit of enforcing. As such he follows in the footsteps of his father (played by France's trademark Bad Dad Niels Arestrup, see "Tu seras mon fils"). But he also has his mother's DNA, and she was a concert pianist. This genetic mixture comes to a head when he gets the chance to start playing the piano again, just as he also gets the chance to assist his father in resolving a dirty deal. The mixture of property and piano has excited comment from my fellow reviewers but the paternal and maternal influences worked for me. Romain Duris (the fourth Gallagher brother) has none of the features usually associated with leading men, but boy can he act.
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By A Customer on 2 April 2006
Format: DVD
I was intrigued to see this film after reading a lot of great reviews and it did live up to the hype. The story concerns a young man caught between a life of crime and violence and his rekindling of a childhood talent ( and love ) for playing the piano. You'll find yourself hooked, desperate to find out what will happen to him, will he manage to pursue his dreams or is he doomed to always be sucked back into the underworld?
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!!
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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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