The Beat That My Heart Skipped

2005

Action / Crime / Drama / Music / Romance / Thriller

18
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 85%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 84%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 17092

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Mélanie Laurent as Minskov's Girlfriend
Niels Arestrup as Robert Seyr
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Andres-Camara 4 / 10

Predictable and boring

Just start the movie, I know how it will end. It is a movie full of typical characters, the characters are drawn as by fifteen year old who make their first scripts.

It is very long and the worst of all is that then it solves everything in two minutes, do not stop for so much film. If it were that the character is in progression could understand it but it is not progression, does not advance and then blow is another.

The actors are fine that true. Although I do not think the casting is very well done, if we had a friend like that and he told us what happens to him in the movie, we would not believe him.

The photograph of the film, if it exists, is too white. It is very French, no information.

The address, telling me that I have become long, does not advance, only knows how to make close-ups, does not know how to narrate or compose, let's say I do not like it.

In short, it is not what I expected, but I will soon forget it

Reviewed by Red-Barracuda 7 / 10

Nicely varied French crime-drama

In this drama a man finds himself split between his violent life as an enforcer for his loan shark father and his desire to be a concert pianist.

This French film is somewhat unusual in its combining of disparate genres. What could otherwise be a fairly typical crime narrative about a violent individual at a turning point in his life is given an extra dimension when he decides to take advanced piano lessons from a Chinese woman who speaks little to no French. This improbable turn of events takes the story down a less familiar path. Aside from his criminal and musical activities, the central character also makes time to engage in an illicit affair with the wife of his closest business associate and finds himself in the midst of a dangerous situation in dealing with no-nonsense Russian gangsters who his father is trying to take a debt off. All these differing dynamics result in an entertaining and varied film. Romain Duris is very good in the lead role and carries the dramatics mostly given that he is in every scene. All-in-all, I found this one to be a very satisfying and quite diverse drama which managed to combine a variety of ideas very well.

Reviewed by morrison-dylan-fan 7 / 10

Sticky Fingers.

Taking part in a poll on ICM on the best films of 2005,I started looking for French flicks from the year. Avoiding the movie due to the twee title,I was surprised to discover that the film was not a Romance,but a remake of 1978's Fingers (which I've not yet seen) that led to me catching up to the beat.

The plot:

Joining his dad Robert in business by beating up people who turn down deals,Thomas Seyr gets involved with pals Fabrice and Sami in setting up dodgy real estate deals. Becoming fully involved in a daily life of crime after his classical pianist mum died 8 years ago,Thomas is woken up when he crosses paths with his mums former manager,who asked Thomas if he has ever considered playing classical music,which makes Thomas play a new tune to his life.

View on the film:

Working as a director for hire, (producer Pascal Caucheteux wanted to do another remake after producing the US remake of Assault on Precinct 13) co-writer/(with Tonino Benacquista) director Jacques Audiard & cinematographer Stéphane Fontaine fluidly play Neo-Noir notes spun from up close,documentary-style "shaky" camera moves pushing the viewers nose into Thomas's grey and grime crime world. Backed by a warm score from Alexandre Desplat,Audiard finely tunes the darkness with shots of lights,as side shots of Thomas playing captures the notes in life Thomas is trying to hit,as his artistic dreams are plucked by the family life of crime.

Changing the plot after co-writer Benacquista said he hated Fingers, (what a perfect choice to write the remake!)the writers wonderfully string Thomas as a loner in a constant search to find a place to fit in,with a Neo-Noir self-contempt making Thomas believe that he must follow his dad's footsteps. Focusing on the relationship between Thomas and music,the writers wonderfully contrast between the music hall lights that Thomas escapes to,with the vicious,daily grind of his Noir life of crime. Joined by a great support cast that includes Anton Yakovlev as Minskov and Mélanie Laurent as Minskov's Girlfriend, Romain Duris (who got taught by his sister to play the piano for the film) gives an excellent performance as Thomas,which flows with the dream optimism of a new life,which Duris grinds down with a nose to the grindstone suspicion from Thomas that a finally piece has been written for his life.

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