Murmur of the Heart
Murmur of the Heart (1971)

Louis Malle's sensitive treatment of a youth's sexual initiation. Benoit Ferreux, Lea Massari. Father: Daniel Gelin. Marc: Marc Winocourt.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 17, 1971
DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Classic French coming-of-age film has nudity, incest.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

In all their messiness, here are love, sex, society, and family, met with cleansing laughter.

Niki Patton
Martha's Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)

A classic. Malle's homage to teenage love.

Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

the whiff of droll, lighthearted humor partially redeems what is otherwise a gorgeously filmed exercise in smug depravity

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Christopher Null

When the French come of age, they really come of age.

James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

should be memorable for its keen ability to render the fumbling antics of early adolescent boyhood with an acute eye and a tender touch

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I was more than a little taken aback by the smugness of these privileged sorts.

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Emanuel Levy

Louis Malle's film is one of the most perceptive coming of age works, particularly in its handling of incest

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Elvira B
<p>Everything about Le Souffle au Coeur felt familiar to me. Louis Malle managed to make a film that plays like a memory, like something you would… More
Daniel Parsons
Superb coming of age French film made in the 70's but set in the 50's, which focuses on an adolescent boy coming to terms with his sexuality and his… More
Mark Abell
The father is a cold fish, the mother a passionate woman, and the three boys are largely uncontrolled and uncontrollable. Were french school boys really that… More
Wu Chouin
My screenwriting teacher played this for us in class. I'm glad he did, cause it's a great coming of age story. See this one.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]Louis Malle's film, "Murmur of the Heart", starts out in 1954 in Dijon.(In the background, the guacamole is about to hit… More
Alex Hall
Malle's jazzy dram-com is unlike anything you've ever seen. It's semi-incestuous undertone and the portrayal of adolescent sexual awakening may… More