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The Beat That My Heart Skipped

The Beat That My Heart Skipped
  • 2004
  • France
  • 106 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jacques Audiard
  • Written by: Jacques Audiard, Tonino Benacquista
  • Cast: Romain Duris, Niels Arestrup, Jonathan Zaccaï, Gilles Cohen, Linh Dan Pham, Aure Atika, Emmanuelle Devos, Melanie Laurent
  • Language: French
  • Website: www.thebeat-movie.com

Gangster and wannabe pianist Thomas (Duris) and his friends spend their days and nights violently managing refugee squatted flats for greedy Parisian developers but his secret ambition is to become a concert pianist. Director Audiard and screenwriter Tonino Benacquista's second feature together (their first was the superb 'Read My Lips') is a stunning remake of James Toback's 1978 small thriller 'Fingers'. In opening up Toback's wantonly machismo indie flick to include many of their favourite themes (mistreatment of refugees, marginal characters caught in vaguely Hitchcockian melodramas etc) they have achieved something very unusual - a remake that measures up to the original.

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