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A youth at a crossroad

A French drama ‘De battre mon coeur s’est arrêté’ (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) directed by Jacques Audiard will be screened at 3 pm on Tuesday September 1 and at 6.30 pm on Wednesday September 2 at Alliance Francaise, Colombo 7.

This BAFTA Film Award winning movie was acclaimed in a number of film festivals and it revolves around a youth who is on a crossroad to decide whether to follow his father or mother.

Based on James Toback’s minor 1977 work Fingers (which starred Harvey Keitel), De battre mon coeur s’est arrêté explores the inner conflict of a young man who is torn between two worlds – the brutal gangster lifestyle of his father and the serene artistic life of his dead mother.

Twenty-eight-year-old Tom leads a life that might be termed as criminal. In doing so, he follows in the footsteps of his father, who made his money from dirty, and sometimes brutal, real estate deals.

Tom is a pretty hard-boiled guy but also strangely considerate as far as his father is concerned. Somehow he appears to have arrived at a critical juncture in his life when a chance encounter prompts him to take up the piano and become a concert pianist, like his mother.

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