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1,650 Ratings

Murmur of the Heart

Le souffle au coeur

Directed by Louis Malle
France, 1971
  • French
  • Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish


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.

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

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