The Beat That My Heart Skipped


Review by Harriett Robbins

Jacques Audiard has made an updated and adapted version of James Toback's 1978 cult film noir, Fingers. THE BEAT THAT MY HEART SKIPPED won the Silver Bear for Best Musical Score at Berlin 2005.

Romain Duris gives an energetic and intense performance in this powerful film that digs deep into the psyche of the subconscious choices we must make to lead meaningful lives.

Immersed in the rough and violent world of real estate skullduggery, young Thomas is following in the footsteps of his father. However, he has inherited the talent of his mother, a concert pianist, and finds himself torn between the two worlds. Should he pursue a career in music or should he continue to wheel and deal in imitation of his shady father.

The relationship between father and son is probed deeply in this devastating portrait of human frailty.

While furthering his interest in music, the son meets a Vietnamese immigrant who is not only a gifted pianist but is willing to coach him. Their relationship develops as he realizes his love of music is paramount, despite the obstacles that face him in his daily life.

Audiard's film is fascinating from many points of view. Its intricate design brings out the various conflicts in human relationships today. There are no easy answers and no absolute resolutions, just a bumpy ride all the way.

Outstanding performances by Romain Duris and Linh-Dan--and by a stellar cast--enhance the film's impact. THE BEAT THAT MY HEART SKIPPED played at the recent Los Angeles Film Festival. The film, in French with English subtitles, is a special treat.