The Beat That My Heart Skipped
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In one of the most memorable performances of any actor of his generation, Duris transformed himself into Tom, a hoodlum who terrorizes poor urban dwellers in order to buy cheap properties and sell them for profits. There is a tradition to his work as he inherits the same `vocation' from his father. There is, however, a certain side to Tom, an artistic side, the one talent he inherited from his dead mother- the love of classical music and an ability (a remarkable talent, actually) to play the piano. As he struggles to maintain some semblance of `humanity' in his arresting and despicable character, he has to make a choice whether to remain loyal to his father and continue in their work or pursue a career in music, perhaps the only way out for him and a chance to redeem himself.
"De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté", is more than just a film about self-discovery and of love, it is a powerful testament to the ability of an individual to change.
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 ›
Tom, the real-estate thug, is a modern Parsifal. Caught in a world of violence, he has tasted the Holy Grail, the spiritual window opened by classical piano, through his deceased mother. But he now lives in the world of the wounded Fisher King, his mobster father, ill and aging quickly. The world of the Fisher King is always in disarray, which is certainly the case of the world of Paris' low rent dumps and greedy slum lords. Tom and his father's world consist of making and breaking business deals, using insider information for real estate speculation, and driving squatters from deserted buildings. But in the search for the Holy Grail, Parsifal must integrate the feminine into his soul by laying beside his Anima, neither seducing her nor being seduced by her. Tom falls sexually twice in the film, seducing his business partner's wife and then a Russian mobster's girlfriend. But, the Chinese piano tutor becomes the Anima that is not seduced and does not seduce until his personality is integrated. He remains chaste with her until his spiritual task is completed. The death of his father makes Tom the Fisher King and thus the corruption can end if Tom is able to fully integrate the feminine into his soul.Read more ›
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This is a psychological thriller and it is terrifying, but not for any of the typical reasons. Thomas is a young man who has followed his father into a sleazy real estate business,... Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by OldBrit
This came well reviewed. Well written, it is a gritty, often violent, story of seedy folks. Here in Baltimore, we call them slumlords. Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by M. L. Barrett
The DVD was sold and shipped to me by Amazon, not a secondary seller. What I received was a "screener", a copy of the film not meant for sale or distribution. Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by R. Chicoine
This French film was popular here in Seattle when it was released in 2005 but then I sort of forgot about it. Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by Jay B. Lane
'De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté' ('The Beat that my Heart Skipped') is another superb and delicate character-driven film from French writer/director Jacques Audiard ('Read... Read morePublished on April 27, 2012 by Grady Harp
Intelligent, complex character study of small time hood with musical talent, who tries ever more desperately to balance his hard and soft sides. Read morePublished on July 10, 2011 by K. Gordon
Intelligent, complex character study of small time hood with musical talent trying
to balance his hard and soft sides. Read more
This is an excellent film which I highly recommend, but don't buy it from Amazon. I did and found that every few minutes a large title appeared on the screen saying "PROPERTY OF... Read morePublished on April 25, 2010 by Cliffordncary
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