Murmur of the Heart Reviews
I like it even way much more than almost every film from the same genre making nowadays.
The first hour establishes this toxic family. But in the second half, the hero is diagnosed with a heart murmur and for a moment it seems like the family will form again around him. He goes with his mother to a spa, where he witnesses his mother's affair. They speak like adults, and again it seems like the family will heal. Then after a Bastille Day celebration, the mother is passed out drunk and the hero has sex with her, losing his virginity. When she wakes and realizes what happened, she tells him very gently that it can never happen again. He immediately becomes a horn dog and sleeps with a girl his own age. He is caught by his father, who only laughs.
Altogether, a completely toxic family. The film was clearly intended to by shocking, and a reversal the Oedipus drama, a sort of 1970's statement in favor of free love. It seems immensely calculated, more Hollywood than Hollywood.
I can't decide if it's one star for its cynicism, or four stars for its skill.
VERDICT: "Full Price" - My second highest rating (Positive to Mixed reaction). This is a rating to a movie I view as very entertaining and well made, and definitely worth paying the full price at a theatre to see or own on DVD. It is not perfect, but it is definitely excellent.