Louis Malle’s critically acclaimed Murmur of the Heart gracefully combines elements of comedy, drama, and autobiography in a candid portrait of a precocious adolescent boy’s sexual maturation. Both shocking and deeply poignant, this is one of the finest coming-of-age films ever made.
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.
I really loved this film. Great performances all around, especially from youngster Benoit Ferreux. This movie explores the influence of family on a young male's sexual development. It comes off as deeply personal because it is so rich with detail and the characters feel so fully realized. In short, this film is well worth your two hours!
This is a joyous movie, full of life and laughs, but also quite melancholy. Malle has a light touch, and he recalls Truffaut at the height of his career, but he has a style all his own. The events flow by fluidly, and there are just some sublime moments. And of course there's the great soundtrack. Laurent and Clara are great characters, I'll never forget them. Malle gives a whole new meaning to the word Freudian.
That moment at the end of the film, when Laurent walks back into his hotel room after a sordid evening to find his father and brothers sitting down for breakfast, and–maybe to cut the tension, maybe for lack of any appropriate response–they all begin to collapse in laughter with one another: that's cinema.
I adored this family, this is now one of my most cherished films.
I couldn't believe what I was seeing during certain scenes, but I also found nothing wrong with it. It all seemed so very normal. And it is .