Murmur of the Heart

Murmur of the Heart

Lea Massari
Director: Louis Malle Cast: Lea Massari
Lea Massari
, Daniel Gélin
Daniel Gélin
, Michel Lonsdale
Michel Lonsdale
Louis Malle

DVD (Wide Screen)

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Told with fondness and precision, and set in France at the time of the IndoChina War (which later became an American problem known as the Vietnam War), this controversial feature handles teen coming-of-age, sexuality and even incest with a gentleness that disappointed the prurient and shocked the conservative. This is one of director Louis Malle's finest films: others include The Fire Within and Au Revoir Les Enfants. Laurent (Benoit Ferreux) is 14 years old and anxious to lose his virginity. However, he has a very close family circle, and, between the family and school, he is too closely watched to get anywhere. He makes the most of an opportunity to neck with the girls at his older brothers' party and later almost gets to lose his virginity in a bordello, but his boisterously drunken brothers interrupt him. His real opportunity arises while his mother takes him for a rest-cure for his heart murmur at a very conventional spa.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/28/2006
UPC: 0037429212523
Original Release: 1971
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:58:00

Special Features

New, restored high-definition Digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Ricardo Aronovich; Original theatrical trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation; Plus: A new essay by film critic Michael Sragow

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lea Massari Clara Chevalier
Daniel Gélin The Father
Michel Lonsdale Father Henri
Benoit Ferreux Laurent Chevalier
Marc Wincourt Marc
Fabien Ferreux Thomas
René Bouloc Man at Bastille Day Party
Jacqueline Chauveau Helene
Huguette Faget the Mother
Annie Savarin Cook
Michel Charrel Disquaire
Ave Ninchi Augusta
Gila Von Weitershausen Freda, the prostitute
Micheline Bona Aunt Claudine
Henri Poirier Uncle Leonce
Liliane Sorval Fernande
Corinne Kersten Daphne
Francois Werner Hubert
Yvon Lec Father Superior
Jacques Sereys Actor
Andrzej Zulawski Actor

Technical Credits
Louis Malle Director,Screenwriter
Ricardo Aronovich Cinematographer
Suzanne Baron Editor
Jean-Jacques Caziot Production Designer
Vincent Malle Producer
Claude Nedjar Producer
Henri Renaud Score Composer
Philippe Turlure Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Murmur of the Heart
1. Opening Credits [4:34]
2. High Jinks at Home [2:38]
3. Politics at the Dinner Table [3:15]
4. Mother's Favorite [2:30]
5. Late for Mass [6:27]
6. The Family's Black Sheep [4:40]
7. A Boy's Confession [5:03]
8. Bad Behavior [5:20]
9. Highest Grade [1:10]
10. Parents Return From Paris [3:18]
11. L'Orée Du Bois [7:54]
12. Off to Scout Camp [4:28]
13. Bed Rest for Renzino [6:39]
14. A Forgery [2:45]
15. Hôtel Des Bains [3:54]
16. Spa Cures Treatment [1:40]
17. "Your Mother Is Beautiful" [2:48]
18. Girl With Blond Braids [3:33]
19. The Story of O [4:03]
20. Alone at the Hotel [5:09]
21. "I'm Really a Woman!" [6:49]
22. Different Ways of Loving [5:52]
23. Virgins and Lesbians [5:15]
24. Bastille Day Dance [3:59]
25. A Beautiful Moment [5:21]
26. The Morning After [3:58]
27. Color Bars [5:04]

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