De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté

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De battre mon coeur s´est arrêté (“The Beat That My Heart Skipped” in English) is a multi-award-winning film directed by Jacques Audiard. It’s the story of a young man called Tom who faces moral and practical dilemmas as he reaches a crossroads between a life of crime and the possibility of becoming a concert pianist.

De battre mon coeur s´est arrêté Film Synopsis

Tom is a realtor who makes a living by striking shady deals. He shares this life of crime with his gangster father, who ends up getting into a lot of trouble when he is scammed out of a large sum of money by Russian gangster Minskov. By chance, Tom has an encounter with his late concert-pianist mother’s manager, who offers him the chance to audition. Intrigued and inspired, Tom asks virtuoso pianist Miao Lin to help him prepare for the audition, even though they don’t speak the same language. Things don’t work out as he had hoped when he falls apart at the audition, but two years later, he has a second chance at redemption...

Genre: Drama, crime

Directed by: Jacques Audiard

Starring: Romain Duris (Tom), Aure Atika (Aline), Niels Arestrup (Robert), Emmanuelle Devos (Chris), and Linh-Dan Pham (Miao Lin)

Country: France

Year: 2005

Length: 104 minutes

Subtitles: English


De battre mon coeur s´est arrêté attracted an astonishing 20 awards for best film, best actors, and best soundtrack at the following awards nights:

César Awards

  • Lumières de la Presse Étrangère
  • BAFTA Awards
  • Prix du Syndicat Français de la Critique
  • Etoiles d'Or de la Presse du Cinéma Français
  • Berlinale Awards
  • The Prix Jacques Deray award

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