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1[[quoteright:350:]]˛˛''The Beat That My Heart Skipped'' (''De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté'') is a film directed by Creator/JacquesAudiard, starring Creator/RomainDuris and Linh Dan Pham. Loosely based on ''Fingers'' by James Toback, it was released in 2005.˛˛Thomas "Tom" Seyr is an angry young man. Having followed in his father's footsteps in the world of shady real estate deals, he hates himself for what his job makes him do, but he can't find the resolve to escape his father's influence. However, his late mother was a concert pianist, and he inherited from her a talent for classical music; one day, he chances upon her former impresario, and decides to reacquaint himself with the piano.˛˛In order to practice, he takes lessons with a recently arrived Vietnamese woman pianist, Miao-lin, and gradually reawakens his long-dormant skills. But the world of fast and dirty money isn't one that can be easily left behind.˛˛-----˛!!Contains examples of:˛˛* AdaptationDistillation: ''The Beat That My Heart Skipped'' takes the basic idea of ''Fingers'' and runs with it, leaving out much of the original film's material. The change of setting from [[TheSeventies 70s]] UsefulNotes/{{New York|City}} to [[TurnOfTheMillennium 2000s]] UsefulNotes/{{Paris}} necessitates some changes in how the protagonist does business and relates to women.˛** Many of the scenes are directly adapted with minimal or no changes to the script (save for the translation).˛* AdaptationExpansion: The time left from distilling the other elements of the original all goes into fleshing out the story of Tom's struggle with the piano.˛* AntiHero: Tom starts out as a tortured, self-hating, violence-prone and not very likeable character.˛* BilingualDialogue: Neither Tom nor Miao-lin speaks a language that the other understands. He addresses her in French, and she in Vietnamese.˛* CallingTheOldManOut˛* EverybodySmokes: Apart from Miao-lin, everyone does.˛* FryingPanOfDoom: Tom uses it against a restaurant owner who owes his father money. ˛* HeelFaceTurn: Tom tries to redeem himself by turning to music.˛* LoveTriangle: Tom has an affair with a friend's wife.˛* TheMafiya: Tom's father bites more than he can chew when he gets involved with a Russian mobster.˛* MissingMom: Tom's mother died ten years earlier. It is in part to reconnect with her memory that he starts practicing the piano again.˛* PeerPressureMakesYouEvil: Tom's friends are all involved in the same shady deals as he is, making it all the harder for him to leave that life.˛* TallDarkAndHandsome: Tom. Well, not tall, but dark and handsome all right.˛* TitledAfterTheSong: The film is named after a line in "La Fille du Père Noël", a song by Jacques Dutronc (which isn't featured in the soundtrack).˛˛-----


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