A French remake of "FINGERS", which starred Harvey Keitel. Dad wants him to go into the family business of being a small-time hood, a thumb-buster collecting debts, but he wants to be a concert pianist like mom. A great story, and I loved both films.
Romain Duris is vital, violent, tragic and utterly vulnerable in this beautifully executed piece of cinema. The relationship between father and son is purely toxic and achieved with only a handful of scenes favouring body language and minimal dialog. 4.5 stars
One of the best French movies I've seen in a long time!
It gets you hooked right from the begining, and its storyline is so meaningful and complex... The relation he has with his mentor: only using music as a form to express themselves and comunicate is really interesting, and was incredibly well explored by Audiard!
This is as near to a masterpiece as anything I've seen in a long, long time. Passionate, powerful and emotionally devastating. The performances are astounding and Jacques Audiard's screenplay is flat out incredible. One of the finest French films I've seen, and an instant favourite.
I've come to expect a character study like this to stall on its plot in the third act. Not this film. The last twenty minutes is incredible in the way it plays on our expectations and desires for Thomas. Love the final shot.