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Heartbeat (1968)

La chamade (original title)
R | | Drama, Romance | 27 July 1969 (USA)
Lucile, 25, is the beautiful mistress of Charles, a rich, good-hearted businessman. Being a kept woman suits her as she refuses to work. She is grateful to Charles for that but she does not... See full summary »

Director:

Alain Cavalier

Writers:

Françoise Sagan (novel), Françoise Sagan (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Catherine Deneuve ... Lucile
Michel Piccoli ... Charles
Roger Van Hool ... Antoine
Amidou ... Etienne
Philippine Pascal Philippine Pascal ... Claire
Monique Lejeune Monique Lejeune
Christiane Lasquin Christiane Lasquin
Matt Carney Matt Carney
Jacques Sereys Jacques Sereys ... Johnny
Irène Tunc ... Diane
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Lucile, 25, is the beautiful mistress of Charles, a rich, good-hearted businessman. Being a kept woman suits her as she refuses to work. She is grateful to Charles for that but she does not feel true love for him. When she meets Antoine, a charming young man of her age, it is love at first sight. But living with Antoine is not as easy as it was with Charles: Lucile is forced to find a job, which she hates. Moreover, she gets pregnant and has to ask Charles for help. After having an abortion, her love for Antoine gradually fades. That is the reason why she comes back to Charles who, full of indulgence, has patiently waited for her. Written by Guy Bellinger

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The heart has many rooms, some filled, most empty. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 July 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heartbeat See more »

Filming Locations:

Région parisienne, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Finnish certificate register # 77529. See more »

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References Hour of the Wolf (1968) See more »

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1968 film as dull as 1968
19 October 2009 | by eldino33See all my reviews

Mark Twain once said that anyone who picked a cat up by the tail learns never to pick a cat up by the tail again. In this film, no one picks the cat up by the tail, therefore no one seems to learn much. It is painful to see an actress of Deneuve's quality going from scene to scene without intensity. Most the time she is either walking, walking, walking or drinking, drinking, drinking. To me, she is simply unconvincing as lover in this film. Except for the first few scenes, one feels one is looking through a photo album haplessly put together. There seems to be very little passion in Lucille falling out of love for Charles, into love for Antione, and out of love for Antione. Consider this: Perhaps the film is a victim of the times. The intellectualism of the Beatniks of the 1950s and the rebellion of the hippies of the early 1960s was morphing into the leisure suits of the 1970s. And the logic of the film seems askew. Can an expensively kept partner of a very wealthy member of the upper class find love and happiness with a poor immature writer living in a one-room apartment in the projects? It all seems too unlikely. All film fans have to suspend a certain amount of disbelief, but you'd have to live on another planet to accept the plot of this film. I can't recommend this movie.


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