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The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)

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4 out of 10 Strangely watchable
Cliona from Cork, 25 Apr 2011
I rented this because I saw A Prophet in the cinema and loved it (best film I saw that year), so I was very keen to see another filmsby the same director, Audiard. This is not in the same league is A Prophet, but it's very good nonetheless. The first 20 minutes are confusing but once you figure out who's who and what's going on, it's very gripping. The story, set in the world of organized crime in Paris, is implausible, but the lead actor delivers a really charismatic performance, as we watch him try to extircate himself from his father's criminal underworld. I have a very low tolerance for French films (too many well dressed people tossing salad in immaculate apartments) so the extent to which I enjoyed watching this says a lot.
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1 out of 10 Very Disappointing
Sarah from Dublin, 04 Nov 2011
I only rented this movie based on the very favourable reviews it got. I'm sorry I bothered. I know everybody's tastes are different but I really didn't enjoy this movie at all. A very unlikeable lead character that I couldn't sympathise with at all. (BTW: I usually enjoy French movies - just not htis one.)
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5 out of 10 Excellent
Eibhleann from Clare, 17 May 2010
Written and directed with great style and panache. The acting is top notch, the lead character's nervous energy gets to you and he comes across as being a right blackguard. A very much under-rated film, hailed by Tarantino as one of the best films of the last decade that slipped under the radar.
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4 out of 10 The Beat That My Heart Skipped
Emma from Dublin, 05 Nov 2009
With reasonable expectations, as this is a french movie, they were easily exceeded. This film is definitely worth your time, it's paced beau ifully having the right mix of tension and story. I am a new and big fan of Romain Duris. MWAH!
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3.5 out of 10 A good film is all I can say
Donal from Cork, 12 Oct 2011
While I have seen better films, this is quite satisfying. An excellent lead acting performance, in which the character's life choices between being a violent businessman or something more refined are subtly unfolded.
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What's it about....
In this follow-up to his critical success Read My Lips, Jacques Audiard has adapted and updated James Toback's cult 1978 noir Fingers to come up with this memorable character study about a young man torn between a life of crime and classical music. Romain Duris, in a standout performance, portrays the 28 year-old Tom who seems destined to follow in his father's footsteps as a Parisian property shark working in a sleazy and sometimes brutal milieu. However, a chance...

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