De Battre mon Coeur s'est Arrêté (The Beat That My Heart Skipped)
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De Battre mon Coeur s'est Arrêté (The Beat That My Heart Skipped)
A man finds his heart and soul torn between loyalty to his family and a need to be redeemed from his violent lifestyle in this powerful drama from France. Tom (Romain Duris) is a man in his early thirties who finds himself caught between two very different worlds. Tom loves music, and longs to have a career as a concert pianist; he also has talent, and is taking advanced music lessons from Miao-Lin (Linh Dan Pham). But Tom supports himself working as a collection agent for his father, Robert (Niels Arestrup), a mid-level gangster and loan shark, as well as helping Sami (Gilles Cohen) and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Niels Arestrup is striking as the hero's slumlord father."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Audiard has a nice stride here, establishing Tom's world and then altering it with slow insistence."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Relying on the enigmatic and sultry charisma of Romain Duris, The Beat My Heart Skipped is a mesmerising portrait of a man torn by two very different sides of his personality."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"[Duris] is pure star quality: gloweringly sexy, hypnotically unstable and needy, combining rage and vulnerability in his handsome, delicate face."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"If not for Duris' amazing, thoroughly captivating performance, it's clear that De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté would not come off nearly as well as it ultimately does."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"None of this would work without Duris' simmering performance as Tom, a person who's struggling to find his true calling."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"Audiard has wisely avoided the crime-movie clichés of Toback's Fingers, and if his film is not exactly naturalistic, it is steeped in a reality that makes it all the more compelling."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"A gritty urban romance that touches on the various fascinating ways that music and psychological states of mind interact or clash in a dissonant and chaotic modern world."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"Altogether, Audiard's movie hangs together better than Toback's: it's more coherent in its construction, far less arbitrary in its dialogue, and more plausible and considered in its characterisation."
‑ Philip Kemp, Sight and Sound
"Simmering study of a petty hood-cum-wannabe pianist succumbing to his innate violent side -- but there might be a touch too much ivory tinkling for some."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"From its plot to its look, The Beat That My Heart Skipped is designed to express how it feels to be torn between two opposing worlds and passions."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Emotionally richer than Fingers, and there's nothing secondhand about Duris' performance."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"A riff that will provide great pleasures to those willing to sample a molto vivace remake of Toback's cinematic ode to torment and obsession."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"It's a turgid, seemingly endless trudge through Gallic angst and ennui without one memorable performance, image, line of dialogue or note of music."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"A hugely enjoyable, superbly directed film with a cracking script and a terrific central performance from Romain Duris."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon