Murmur of the Heart

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Released 1971

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Director:
Louis Malle
Released:
1971
Rating:
R
Murmur of the Heart is the coming-of-age story of 14-year-old Laurent (Benoit Ferreux), who is growing up in 1950s France. Stifled by his overbearing mother (Lea Massari) and ignored by his father (Daniel Gelin), Laurent is anxious to experience such adult pleasures as drinking, smoking, and sex, but finds that his attempts are repeatedly thwarted by his close-knit family. The opportunity finally comes when he is discovered to have a heart murmur after a serious illness and is taken by his mother to a sanatorium. It is here that Laurent has a shocking sexual experience, which changes his relationship with his mother forever. Despite the often taboo nature of the subject matter, "Murmur of the Heart" is in fact a laid-back comedy, with sensitive direction and well-developed characters. Nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars in 1973, the film is considered by many to be director Louis Malle's best work.

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Drama

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Love & Romance, Foreign Language