Murmur of the Heart
(Le Souffle au Coeur)
a feature film by Louis Malle (Elevator to the Gallows, Zazie dans le Métro, Damage, Pretty Baby, Atlantic City)
with Lea Massari (L'Avventura, Christ Stopped at Eboli), Benoît Ferreux (Victory), Daniel Gélin (The Man Who Knew Too Much, La Ronde), Michael Lonsdale (The Name of the Rose, Munich)
A coming of age story about a 14-year-old boy growing up in bourgeois surroundings in post-World War II Dijon, France. Laurent loves jazz, always receives the highest grades in his class and who opposes the First Indochina War. He has an unloving father who's a gynecologist and an affectionate Italian mother, Clara, as well as two older brothers, Thomas and Marc. One night, Thomas and Marc take Laurent to a brothel, where Laurent loses his virginity to a prostitute before they are disrupted by his drunken brothers. Upset, he leaves on a scouting trip, where he catches scarlet fever and is left with a heart murmur. Later Clara takes him to a health spa….
The Film combines elements of comedy, drama, and autobiography in a candid portrait of a precocious adolescent boy’s sexual maturation. Both shocking and deeply poignant, this is one of the finest coming-of-age films ever made.
Academy Awards Oscar Nomination for the Best Screenplay
Jazz music by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.
France/Italy/Germany - 1972, 118', available in Full HD
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: French with English subtitles
Produced by Nouvelles Éditions de Films (NEF) - Marianne Productions and Vides Cinematografica