De Battre mon Coeur s'est Arrêté (The Beat That My Heart Skipped)
De Battre mon Coeur s'est Arrêté (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) (2005)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 1, 2005
DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Stylish and visceral, this able remake is infused with realism, grit, and a taut performance by star Romain Duris.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Niels Arestrup is striking as the hero's slumlord father.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Audiard has a nice stride here, establishing Tom's world and then altering it with slow insistence.

Hannah Brown
Jerusalem Post

This violent film, which swept the Cesar awards (the French Oscars) this year, provides a nuanced portrait of a conflicted young man who can never completely break away from the dark world in which he has grown up.

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

None of this would work without Duris' simmering performance as Tom, a person who's struggling to find his true calling.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

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.

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Urban Cinefile

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.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

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.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

Emotionally richer than Fingers, and there's nothing secondhand about Duris' performance.

Prairie Miller
Long Island 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.

Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Romain Duris is fantastic, doing an exceptional work in the composition of his character with a special care for small details, in what turns out to be a… More
Lesley N
Tom is a real-estate hooligan by day, but dreams of being a concert pianist by night. Excellent acting by Roman Duris, who manages to bring together amoral… More
Elvira B
<p>In De Battre Mon Coeur S'est Arreté, the main character, Tom, goes through many ordeals in a desperate attempt to find himself. He works, like his… More
Marcus Woolcott
Good but the lack of any resolution is frustrating.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "The Beat that My Heart Skipped", Tom(Romain Duris) is a young man who takes after his father(Niels Arestrup) by working shady… More
Kyle S
A great film, not quite as good as "Read My Lips," but still highly reccomended. Romain Duris delivered an intense and emotional performance, and Aure… More