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Murmur of the Heart (Criterion Collection)

Lea Massari , Benoît Ferreux , Louis Malle    R (Restricted)   DVD

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This is a jolly coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old boy named Laurent Chevalier who is growing up in bourgeois surroundings in Dijon, France. This is France in the mid-1950s rather than America in the 1990s. Thus, Laurent is unharmed by events which would irreparably shatter the self-esteem of a modern American adolescent: he gets drunk, he smokes, he has sex (including incestuous sex), he is smothered by his mother, he is ignored by his father, a priest makes a pass at him, he gets rheumatoid fever, etc. There's enough scandalous behavior in this film to make 100 made-for-TV movies, and yet this is a very happy and oddly innocent tale. Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled Language: French (Dolby Digital 1.0) Subtitles: English Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only) Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Number of discs: 1 Rated: R (Restricted) Studio: Criterion DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006 Run Time: 118 minutes

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the spectacle of childhood April 7 2006
By Stalwart Kreinblaster - Published on Amazon.com
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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 end..it 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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Louis Malle March 24 2013
By WillDecker - Published on Amazon.com
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Modern Aug. 6 2008
By Catchafire - Published on Amazon.com
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Murmur of the Heart July 4 2007
By John Farr - Published on Amazon.com
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Criticized in 1971 for daring to deal with the theme of incest, Malle's "Murmur" is actually a sparkling French comedy notable for its wit, sensitivity, and energetic jazz soundtrack. Writer-director Malle approaches the awkwardness of adolescence with honesty and cheeky humor--as when Laurent drinks, smokes, and attempts to quench his carnal desires on an outing with his older brothers--but also subtlety, especially in the film's trickiest turn of events. Ferreux and Massari have an undeniable chemistry that feels genuine rather than manipulative or shocking, letting Malle put an unusually fresh spin on the sexual coming-of-age drama. For a fond, funny take on teen innocence, "Murmur of the Heart" is made to order.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If Mozart had been a film maker, he would have made films like this March 5 2009
By trastevere - Published on Amazon.com
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!

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