Actually, just three. Jacques Audiard‘s "The Beat That My Heart Skipped," a French remake of James Toback‘s 1978 film "Fingers" (which has apparently gained "cult classic" status, perhaps only in comparison to the increasingly sleazy films Toback managed to follow it up with), opens in limited release tomorrow. "Beat" has gotten great festival buzz â€” it stars the pretty Romain Duris (of "L’Auberge Espagnole") as a petty thug (in real estate, nonetheless) following in his father’s footsteps, though all he really wants to do is be a classical pianist.
In the LA Times, Robert Abele interviews Audiard on what what "Fingers" meant to him, and things he kept and the things he changed for "Beat." In the LA Weekly, Toback himself sort-of interviews Audiard â€” it might be more correct to call it "a conversation," scroll down the article to see what we mean.
And at our very own IFC News, Andrea Meyer poses questions to Audiard and his star Duris together, and get this choice moment:
Why was Romain your man?
Audiard: I’ve seen him act in quite a few films, and he had something I liked. It could be his talent as an actor or how photogenic he is. This is a character who changes, who moves from adolescence to adulthood, and Romain has that capacity in him. Romain is very virile and at the same time there’s something feminine about him. I’d have a hard time defining it, but it’s palpable.
Duris: Now, this interests me.
+ Oui, an American accent (LA Times)
+ Jacques Et Jim (LA Weekly)
+ Be Still My Skipping Heart: Jacques Audiard & Romain Duris (IFC News)