Niels Arestrup is striking as the hero's slumlord father.
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.
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.
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.
[Duris] is pure star quality: gloweringly sexy, hypnotically unstable and needy, combining rage and vulnerability in his handsome, delicate face.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
A hugely enjoyable, superbly directed film with a cracking script and a terrific central performance from Romain Duris.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
Une rencontre entre Jacques Audiard et Romain Duris qui consacre ce dernier comme l'un des grands acteurs français de sa génération.
| Original Score: 8/10
Delivers its tough narrative straight and swiftly, up to its surprising but satisfying ending.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
The actors' touching father-and-son exchanges barely miss a beat.
| Original Score: 3/4
None of this would work without Duris' simmering performance as Tom, a person who's struggling to find his true calling.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
Duris fills the role with enough sympathy to make the film decent, albeit not as good as it should have been.
| Original Score: B-
The storytelling is elliptical; subplots that seem important simply vanish without resolution, as they do in life if not melodrama.
| Original Score: '3/4'
The film has a gritty, pounding heartbeat of its own.
Holds up as an offbeat film by a talented filmmaker.
| Original Score: B+