Murmur of the Heart

Movie Information

In Brief: As much as I love Elevator to the Gallows, I've never been quite as enamored of Louis Malle as some others in my sphere. I remember having long arguments in the Manhattan video store where I worked after college, surreal rhetorical exercises in which I espoused a position that incest is gross even if it's French. Murmur of the Heart (1971) was the reason I had to make such assertions, and I've never quite been able to get past my initial issues with the film. Still, there's an undeniable quality to Malle's work even when I don't like the story he's telling, and this psychosexual coming-of-age story will almost certainly appeal to fans of this year's Call Me by Your Name, to which I raised not entirely dissimilar objections. Maybe I just don't like movies about middle-age people seducing teenagers or something. I don't know.
Genre: Drama
Director: Louis Malle
Starring: Lea Massari, Benoit Ferreux, Daniel Gelin, Fabien Ferreux, Marc Winocourt, Jacqueline Chauvaud
Rated: NR

Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Murmur of the Heart on Friday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. at Flood Gallery Fine Art Center, 2160 U.S. 70, Swannanoa.


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