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The Beat That My Heart Skipped (De Battre mon coeur s'est arrete) Movie Poster
Not Rated In Theaters 07/1/2005 , 107min.
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Plot & Details

A man finds his heart and soul torn between loyalty to his family and a need to be redeemed from his violent lifestyle in this powerful drama from France. Tom (Romain Duris) is a man in his early thirties who finds himself caught between two very different worlds. Tom loves music, and longs to have a career as a concert pianist; he also has talent, and is taking advanced music lessons from Miao-Lin (Linh Dan Pham). But Tom supports himself working as a collection agent for his father, Robert (Niels Arestrup), a mid-level gangster and loan shark, as well as helping Sami (Gilles Cohen) and Fabrice (Jonathan Zaccai), two of Robert's cronies who put together crooked real-estate deals. Tom's hair-trigger temper makes it easy for him to adapt to the violent life of a gangster's muscle man, but he wants to give his creative side a chance to grow, and struggles to get his skills in order for an audition with a concert promoter interested in his music. Tom is also walking on a wire with his employers by having an affair with Aline (Aure Atika), Fabrice's wife, and is forced to mediate a bitter feud between his father and a Russian gangster, Minskov (Anton Yakovlev). A remake of James Toback's acclaimed directorial debut, Fingers, The Beat That My Heart Skipped (aka De Battre Mon Coeur S'Est Arrêté) was nominated for the Golden Bear award at the 2005 Berlin Film Festival.

Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Language Film Won

Berlin International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Berlin International Film Festival In Competition Nominated
2005 Berlin International Film Festival Best Film Music Alexandre Desplat Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Language Film Won

British Independent Film Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 British Independent Film Awards Best Foreign Independent Film Nominated

London Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 London Film Critics Association Best Foreign Film Nominated

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