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Murmur of the Heart (Criterion Collection)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
the spectacle of childhood April 7 2006
By Stalwart Kreinblaster - Published on
Format: DVD
Louis Malles' film 'murmur of the heart' dances accross the screen with so much vigor and and jazz that you don't know quite what hit you in the is fabulous light-hearted and it dosen't care what people think.. that is why i like it. It is gorgeously filmed and the acting is quite good - but it is not a typical portrait of childhood - it contains both the things you would expect to see and also the unexpected - a great French film.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Louis Malle March 24 2013
By WillDecker - Published on
Format: DVD
All crimes in "Murmur of The Heart" go unpunished: Stealing, Pedophilia, Incest, Prostitution, Scout Tent /Sleeping Bag Sex, etc., etc., etc..... Not only unpunished but all with happy endings. Louis Malle you were a master at telling us that our Crime and Punishment world has got it all wrong.

I recommend "A Renegade History of The United States" by Thaddeus Russell for further understanding.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
If Mozart had been a film maker, he would have made films like this March 5 2009
By trastevere - Published on
Format: DVD
One of the most delightful films ever made, this is a feast of fluid, elegant filmmaking. The erotic, rebellious content thus is elevated to something sacred-- think of Titian's painting of Ariadne and Bacchus, or the courting of Papageno and Papagena in The Magic Flute. In Malle's hands, life is too exquisite to be wasted on the squeamish, on the people with small souls. This is an inspired, civilized, and absolutely moral film, on a par with Bunuel's The Milky Way and Renoir's Rules of the Game. Nobody who hasn't seen this film should ever be allowed to vote!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very Modern Aug. 6 2008
By Catchafire - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film was made in the 70s and touches on so many topics that would have made it a banned film in the US. For it's time, it is a masterpiece and a great film altogether. It's very edgy, but what do you expect from a French film shot in the 70s?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Brilliant Film. May 25 2012
By John - Published on
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Murmur of the Heart, Louis Malles ode to youth and carelessness centers in on a young fourteen year old boy named Laurent. He smokes, drinks, masturbates, has sex with a whore, and even shares some crude moments with his older brothers, who are the influence that makes Laurent who he is. In short, he is a typical fourteen year old boy, especially growing up in France at the time. Malle doesn't try to candy coat his portrayel of youth, although Louis Malle doesn't necessarily candy coat any of his movies. Yet this one is real, to the point where the audience is almost left blushing at the shere akwardness of the moment. However, the movie shares its main character with mother of Laurent, who is as equally interesting as Laurent. Malles displays the relationship between Laurent and his mother so well, that in the end, when the last scene comes, it doesn't seem out of place at all, but natural and almost sad. The movie is definitely a gem for Louis Malle, and in my opinion, one of his best.