Murmur of the Heart 1971
Le souffle au coeur (original title)
1h 58min | Comedy, Drama | 28 April 1971 (France)
As France is nearing the end of the first Indochina War, an open-minded teenage boy finds himself torn between a rebellious urge to discover love, and the ever-present, almost dominating affection of his beloved mother.
La Soufflé au Cour really manages to make you question well-established values. Made in 1971 I can really imagine how it deranged the society and made the French film censure think twice before allowing it to be published. As a provocative film there’s no doubt it’s still timely. Louis Malle breaks taboos with a spontaneity that makes me as a viewer question if I’ve missed something growing up.
Malle seems to me to be above all a magnificent story-teller. There is no apparent message in La Soufflé au Cour, instead Malle let’s the viewer make his own assumptions, based the deceptively realistic happenings and surroundings.
It’s an unforgettable film, but watch out. You might be influenced by it.
Director: Louis Malle
Writer: Louis Malle
Stars: Lea Massari, Benoît Ferreux, Daniel Gélin
Country: France | Italy | West Germany
Language: French | Italian
Release Date: 17 October 1971 (USA)
Also Known As: Murmur of the Heart
Filming Locations: Dijon, Côte-d’Or, France