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



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 95
Fresh: 81 | Rotten: 14

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


Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 6

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



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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 two very different worlds. Tom loves music, and longs to have a career as a concert pianist; he also has talent, and is taking advanced music lessons from Miao-Lin (Linh Dan Pham). But Tom supports himself working as a collection agent for his father, Robert

Nov 15, 2005


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

April 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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None of this would work without Duris' simmering performance as Tom, a person who's struggling to find his true calling.

September 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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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.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Audiard has a nice stride here, establishing Tom's world and then altering it with slow insistence.

August 19, 2005
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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.

August 19, 2005
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Emotionally richer than Fingers, and there's nothing secondhand about Duris' performance.

July 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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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.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

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.

March 28, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

A riff that will provide great pleasures to those willing to sample a molto vivace remake of Toback's cinematic ode to torment and obsession.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

[Duris] is pure star quality: gloweringly sexy, hypnotically unstable and needy, combining rage and vulnerability in his handsome, delicate face.

January 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian

Altogether, Audiard's movie hangs together better than Toback's: it's more coherent in its construction, far less arbitrary in its dialogue, and more plausible and considered in its characterisation.

September 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

It's a turgid, seemingly endless trudge through Gallic angst and ennui without one memorable performance, image, line of dialogue or note of music.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Comment (1)
Sacramento News & Review

If not for Duris' amazing, thoroughly captivating performance, it's clear that De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté would not come off nearly as well as it ultimately does.

April 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Simmering study of a petty hood-cum-wannabe pianist succumbing to his innate violent side -- but there might be a touch too much ivory tinkling for some.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A hugely enjoyable, superbly directed film with a cracking script and a terrific central performance from Romain Duris.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

The Beat That My Heart Skipped is a work of authority, maturity and intensity that improves on Toback's original film without appearing to patronise or despise it.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Une rencontre entre Jacques Audiard et Romain Duris qui consacre ce dernier comme l'un des grands acteurs français de sa génération.

November 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Panorama

Delivers its tough narrative straight and swiftly, up to its surprising but satisfying ending.

October 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

It has been very well made, with the often jumpy photography and scuzzy locales that reflect the nervous energy and predatory nature of its young subject. But it also finds the time to achieve some real emotional depth.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

The actors' touching father-and-son exchanges barely miss a beat.

September 30, 2005
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Audiard's film is undeniably infused with a greater sense of realism, yet this stark and elemental drama seems underserved by prosaic realism.

September 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Duris fills the role with enough sympathy to make the film decent, albeit not as good as it should have been.

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source:

The storytelling is elliptical; subplots that seem important simply vanish without resolution, as they do in life if not melodrama.

September 9, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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

Romain Duris is fantastic here, doing an exceptional work in the composition of his character, with a special care for small details. A compelling, fascinating character study about an unsatisfied man trying to have back his life and follow his dream.
April 22, 2012

Super Reviewer

A very entertaining modern film-noir. Audiard is a very capable director and you can clearly spot his admiration and influence for Truffaut and Goddard. It is Romain Duris who steals the show though in a fantastic performance.
October 2, 2009

Super Reviewer

[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 real estate deals. He also occasionally does favors for the old man when a bit of force is required. While driving past a concert hall, Tom notices his mother's former agent, Mr. Fox(Sandy Whitelaw).(Tom's mother was an accomplished concert pianist and he had aspirations in the same direction...) After inquiring about whether he has kept up his playing over the years, Mr. Fox hands the young man his card and an offer to audition...[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]"The Beat that My Heart Skipped" is a remake of the massively overrated "Fingers" starring Harvey Keitel. It is also the very rare remake that is superior because of all remnants of James Toback's psyche having been purged and a better central performance which sheds more light on the lead character's mental state.(Or maybe some movies play better in French...) Tom is an impulsive man(which helps in his affinity for violence), and has had little patience required for the career of a concert pianist in the past. Additionally, he is a charming man but has had trouble maintaining relationships and lives alone.[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]Note: My interest in seeing a remake depends upon my feelings towards the original work. For example, I do want to see the "All the King's Men" remake because I can hardly remember the original. On the other, I very much liked "Infernal Affairs", so I'm not going to go near "The Departed."[/font]
October 12, 2006
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