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The Beat That My Heart Skipped back to product details

Beating Fast
written by talltale December 14, 2005 - 5:15 PM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
THE BEAT THAT MY HEART SKIPPED (why do they need the "that" in the title?) is a triumph for lead actor Romain Duris ("L'Auberge Espagnole"). What a performance! Little wonder Duris was nominated for a European Film Award. (The film won another award for its musical score, which is impressive, eclectic and immensely listenable.) Based on James Tobak's 1978 "Fingers," this remake is in several ways the better movie. In fact, for awhile, I was thinking perhaps Toback's work should be consistently remade by the French (imagine Emmanuelle Beart in a French "When Will I Be Loved"!). But as the film winds down, it gets klutzy: one of those sudden "Two Years Later" titles appears on-screen, and an already coincidence-heavy story goes over the top.

For much of its running time, however, it provides gripping reality, along with an in-your-face, can't-look-away view of the seamier side of Paris. And the juxtaposition of the musical/artistic and angry/sleazy halves of the lead character come together beautifully, if frustratingly. Jacques Audiard ("A Self-Made Hero," "Read My Lips") directs and writes with enough authority to have been able to come up with a less facile ending. Otherwise this is a terrific character study (critics who've called it a "thriller" clearly don't understand the term.)


(Average 6.76)
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