Adapted from James Toback’s 1978 film Fingers, The Beat That My Heart Skipped is about transcending adolescence by accepting certain onerous emotional responsibilities. Romain Duris (Le Divorce) brings coiled energy to Tom, a reluctant slumlord who latches onto piano playing as a substitute for healthy communication with women, his dissipated father, and his louche colleagues.
EXTRAS And, in a deleted scene, he pleasures himself at the keyboard. Tom favors Bach because, explains co-writer/director Jacques Audiard in an interview, ”one doesn’t need to bring any pathos” to it. Co-writer Tonino Benacquista says they ”kept the character and… changed everything else,” but identifies Mean Streets as a defining influence on both Beat and Fingers.