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3,418 Ratings

Murmur of the Heart

Le souffle au coeur

Directed by Louis Malle
France, 1971
Drama, Comedy


As France is nearing the end of the first Indochina War, an open-minded teenage boy finds himself torn between a rebellious urge to discover love, and the ever-present, almost dominating affection of his beloved mother.

Our take

Counting Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach among its fans, and drawing enviable comparisons to Truffaut’s The 400 Blows, Louis Malle’s semi-comic, semi-autobiographical coming-of-age classic tackles taboo subject matter—incest—honestly, intelligently, and with a humorous, witty approach.

Murmur of the Heart Directed by Louis Malle

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1973 | Nominee: Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced

Critics reviews

Gimlet-eyed, jaw-dropping cynicism disguised as youthful hi-jinks, plus charm and humour. Such a cool movie.
June 21, 2014
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