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Beat That My Heart Skipped/ De Battre Mon Coeur S'est Arrêté

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Tookey's Rating
7 /10
Average Rating
7.77 /10
Thomas: Romain Duris , Robert: Niels Arestrup
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Directed by: Jacques Audiard
Written by: Jacques Audiard and Tonino Benacquista. Based on the film Fingers (1978), written and directed by James Toback

Released: 2005
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: France
Colour: C
Length: 107

Here’s a rarity, a remake that’s better than the original. James Toback’s Fingers (1978) has been updated and Gallicised by Jacques Audiard. It’s the story of a young man (Romain Duris, pictured) torn between art – in the form of piano-playing – and crime, through the dodgy property company his father runs as a slum landlord.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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It starts out as though it’s going to be a gangster thriller, but changes into more of a psychological drama. It’s never deeply involving, probably because it’s hard to feel sympathy for the central character, who is portrayed warts-and-all as a chain-smoking, thuggish loudmouth.

For me, his relationship with his father sailed a little too perilously close to cliche. Still, the movie shows us a grimy underside to modern Paris that hasn’t often made it to the big screen; it is a well-acted, reasonably intelligent film noir about the conflicting powers of art and money; and it will find an emotional response especially in sons who yearn to emerge from the shadow of an overbearing father.

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