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The Beat That My Heart Skipped (French: De battre mon cœur s'est arrêté) is a 2005 French film directed by Jacques Audiard and starring Romain Duris. It tells the story of Tom, a real estate thug torn between a criminal life and a wish to be a pianist. The film premiered on February 17, 2005 at the Berlin Film Festival.


The film is a remake of James Toback's 1978 film Fingers but is 17 minutes longer, devoting more attention to the relationship between Tom and his piano teacher, Miao Lin. The idea that affection can blossom despite a language barrier is one which Jacques Audiard has raised before in Read My Lips (starring Vincent Cassel).

For the film, Duris learned to play his own piano sequences – most notably, Bach's Toccata in E minor, trained by his sister, pianist Caroline Duris, who performs on the soundtrack.

The film's French title comes from the lyrics of the Jacques Dutronc song La Fille Du Père Noël ("Santa Claus' Daughter"). The title literally translates to English as "From beating, my heart stopped".

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