Synopsis

The gripping tale from Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Rust and Bone) boasts a compelling performance by Romain Duris. 28-year-old Tom leads a life that might be termed as criminal - following in his father’s footsteps in the sleazy and sometimes brutal world of the real-estate business. Tom is a pretty hard-boiled guy, witty and sexy, but also strangely considerate. Somehow he appears to have arrived at a critical juncture in his life whereby, as the son, he takes it upon himself to become his parents' educator. One day, a chance encounter leads him to believe that he might become, like his mother, a concert pianist. He senses that this might be his final opportunity to take his life in hand. He starts in earnest to prepare for the audition with a virtuoso Chinese pianist who has recently come to live in France. Music is the only language they have in common. But before long, pressures from the ugly world of his day job soon becomes more than he can handle - and Tom's bid to be a better person means that he begins to yearn for true love. But when he finally has the chance of winning his best friend’s wife - a woman he has desired for years - his passion only succeeds in scaring her. And then his dubious past comes to light.

Director

Jacques Audiard

Cast

Romain Duris: Tom Seyr Niels Arestrup: Robert Seyr Linh-Dan Pham: Miao Lin Aure Atika: Aline Emmanuelle Devos: Chris Jonathan Zaccaï: Fabrice


Crew

Jacques Audiard: Director / screenwriter Tonino Benacquista: Screenwriter Alexandre Desplat: Original music Stéphane Fontaine: Cinematography

Details

DVD catalogue number: ART309DVD Blu-ray catalogue number: ART176BD Original title: De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté

Awards

Winner of 2006 BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language
Winner of 2005 Berlin Silver Bear for Best Film Music (Alexandre Desplat)
2006 BIFA nominee for Best Foreign Independent Film
Winner of 2006 César Awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Most Promising Actress
Winner of 2006 César Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay, Music Written for a Film, Cinematography, Editing

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Out now on DVD, Blu-ray & on demand

GENRE: Thriller, Crime, Romance

CERTIFICATE: 15

DIRECTOR: Jacques Audiard

CAST:
Romain Duris: Tom Seyr
Niels Arestrup: Robert Seyr
Linh-Dan Pham: Miao Lin
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CREW:
Jacques Audiard: Director / screenwriter
Tonino Benacquista: Screenwriter
Alexandre Desplat: Original music
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DURATION: 107 Mins

COUNTRIES: France

LANGUAGES: French

AWARDS:
Winner of 2006 BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language
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Reviews


  • “With this stylish and audacious new gangland thriller set in Paris, Romain Duris has become one of the most exciting young actors of his generation”

    Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


  • “Essential viewing”

    Manohla Dagris, The New York Times


  • “Niels Arestrup is striking as the hero's slumlord father”

    Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

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