Le Souffle au Coeur (Murmur of the Heart)
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Told with fondness and precision, and set in France at the time of the IndoChina War (which later became an American problem known as the Vietnam War), this controversial feature handles teen coming-of-age, sexuality and even incest with a gentleness that disappointed the prurient and shocked the conservative. This is one of director Louis Malle's finest films: others include The Fire Within and Au Revoir Les Enfants. Laurent (Benoit Ferreux) is 14 years old and anxious to lose his virginity. However, he has a very close family circle, and, between the family and school, he is too closely… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Classic French coming-of-age film has nudity, incest."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"In all their messiness, here are love, sex, society, and family, met with cleansing laughter."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"A classic. Malle's homage to teenage love."
‑ Niki Patton, Martha's Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)
"the whiff of droll, lighthearted humor partially redeems what is otherwise a gorgeously filmed exercise in smug depravity"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"When the French come of age, they really come of age."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"should be memorable for its keen ability to render the fumbling antics of early adolescent boyhood with an acute eye and a tender touch"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"I was more than a little taken aback by the smugness of these privileged sorts."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Louis Malle's film is one of the most perceptive coming of age works, particularly in its handling of incest"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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