De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté



Tom leads a low life, following in the footsteps of his father in the sleazy and sometimes brutal side of the real estate business. He is a wise-guy, funny, sexually assertive, but strangely tender with his dissolute father. Tom is passing a critical point in one's life when a child becomes the parent of its parents.
One day, a chance encounter encourages him to be, like his mother, a concert pianist. Feeling that it may be his last chance to take destiny into his own hands, he practices with a virtuoso Chinese pianist who is new in town. She doesn't speak a word of French, music is their only exchange.
His desire for transformation opens his heart to aspire to sublime love. And when he finally has the opportunity to have his best friend's wife - whom he has coveted for years - his eagerness scares her away.
Two years later when his shady past catches up with him he succeeds in liberating himseif for good ...

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Jacques Audiard

Written by: Jacques Audiard, Tonino Benacquista

Cinematography: Stéphane Fontaine

Editing: Juliette Welfling

Production Design: François Emmanuelli

Original Score: Alexandre Desplat

Cast: Romain Duris (Tom), Linh-Dan Pham (Miao-Lin), Aure Atika (Aline), Emmanuelle Devos (Chris), Niels Arestrup (Robert)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Actor 2005
  • People's Choice Award 2005
  • Feature Film Selection 2005