Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Beat That My Heart Skipped 2005

     Tom is in his early thirties, his life goes back and forth between loyalty to his father and his violent lifestyle.  He beats up a man who owes his father money and makes a living arranging crooked real-estate deals.  He forces people out of their homes so he and his partners can take over the property.  He also is a mid-level gangster and loan shark with a hair-trigger temper.  His other side loves music and he wants to have a career as a concert pianist.  His mother was a pianist, her former manager gives him his business card and urges Tom to give him a call.
     If I were a doctor, I would diagnose Tom as having bipolar disorder.  He is unstable, glowering, needy, enraged and manic at times with some calmness at other times.  It seems like a slog to get through this film, I had to stop halfway to have a break from the constant turmoil.  3* (This movie is OK)

107 min, Drama directed by Jacques Audlard with Romain Duris, Niels Arestrup, Linh Dan Pham, Gilles Cohen, Jonathan Zacca Aure Atika.

Note:  Blockbuster 3 ½*, imdb 7.3 out of 10, 85% critic 83% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

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