Murmur of the Heart
|Murmur of the Heart|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Louis Malle|
|Produced by||Vincent Malle
|Written by||Louis Malle|
|Music by||Gaston Frèche
|Editing by||Suzanne Baron|
|Distributed by||Orion Classics|
|Release dates||April 28, 1971 (France)
October 20, 1971 (Italy)
|Running time||118 minutes|
Murmur of the Heart (French: Le souffle au cœur) is a 1971 French film by French director Louis Malle that tells a coming of age story about a 14-year-old boy growing up in bourgeois surroundings in post-World War II Dijon, France. The film proved to be a box office success across Europe, gaining 2,652,870 admissions in France, and even 62,172 admissions in Hungary. The film was also a modest hit in the United States, grossing US$1,160,784.
The film starts by showing the adventures of the boy in school and his first sexual experience at a brothel. When the boy is found to have a heart murmur after a bout of scarlet fever, he goes with his mother to a sanatorium, where a series of circumstances lead to a sexual encounter with his mother. Jazz music by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, along with books by Bataille, Proust and Camus, feature prominently in the film.
- Lea Massari – Clara Chevalier
- Benoît Ferreux – Laurent Chevalier
- Daniel Gélin – Charles Chevalier
- Michael Lonsdale – Father Henri
- Ave Ninchi – Augusta
- Fabien Ferreux – Thomas Chevalier
- Marc Winocourt – Marc Chevalier
- Micheline Bona - Aunt Claudine
- Henri Poirier - Uncle Léonce
- Gila von Weitershausen – Freda
Murmur of the Heart was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 1973 Academy Awards. It was also in competition, in the French part of the official selection, at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival.
- "Festival de Cannes: Murmur of the Heart". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-04-12.
- Murmur of the Heart at the Internet Movie Database
- Murmur of the Heart at Rotten Tomatoes
- Murmur of the Heart at allmovie
- Criterion Collection essay by Michael Sragow
- Interview – archive.org