Le cri du coeur 1974
1h 37min | Drama | 11 September 1974 (France)
A disabled teen (Eric Damain) blackmails his mother (Stxc3xa9phane Audran) after learning about her lover.
1974 French obscurity Cry of the Heart (a.k.a. Le Cri Du Coeur) is a decent if over-the-top family drama which is given a strange treatment with its U.S. DVD release. Based on the packaging and the description on the back, it appears to be a heartfelt tale of a woman (Stephane Audran) adjusting to life after divorce with her teenage son in tow — kind of a Gallic Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. The actual film, however, winds up being a much darker, kinkier tale that focuses squarely on the boy, played by a histrionic young actor named Eric Damian.
In the film, Damian’s character Alexandre has a debilitating accident which turns him into a twisted, manipulative little brat. Personally, that sounds like a much more intriguing concept, but not so fast, amigo. This is one of those films that operates in an alternate universe free of things like logic and reason. The script is riddled with inconsistencies, with director/screenwriter Claude Lallemand attempting to simultaneously make it an emotional family drama and a psycho-kid thriller — and coming up short on both counts.
Director: Claude Lallemand
Writers: Claude Lallemand, Michel Maniere
Stars: Stxc3xa9phane Audran, Maurice Ronet, Delphine Seyrig
Release Date: 11 September 1974 (France)
Also Known As: Cry of the Heart