Monday, November 21, 2005

If you want to treat yourself to a taut noire thriller you’d be well advised to see “The Beat That My Heart Skipped” currently showing in the Irish Film Institute. Directed by Jacques Audiard and starring Romain Duris, TBTMHS is a tale of an enforcer in a suspect real estate company. Duris steals the show in his performance as moody hard man who thanks to a chance meeting with his mother’s impresario is given an audition. Duris hasn’t practised in ten years and so he enlists the help of a visiting Chinese piano teacher.

We observe Duris’s pain full progression with his piano lessons against which there is the duplicity both personal and professional in the lives of those whom Duris interacts with. He is enlisted to clean up the mess other people find difficult to deal with and we can see his growing revulsion with this state of affairs.

Throughout Duris’s wish to escape the world of lies, deceit and intimidation through the medium of music bubbles to the surface.

Don’t dare miss this excellent film.

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