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French film combines piano, brutality

GENEVA — “The Beat That My Heart Skipped,” a French film that takes the poetics of American film noir and squeezes them into an explosive, compacted knot of anguish and violence will be shown starting Sept. 30 at the Smith Opera House.

With its steady eruptions or threats of brutality, it's a clenched fist of a movie. And, at the center of all this raw furor is the boyishly magnetic French actor Romain Duris (“L'Auberge Espagnole). Duris plays Tom Seyr, a crooked real estate ruffian who yearns for validation as a classical pianist.

Seyr works as an enforcer for crooked real estate speculators, setting rats loose in abandoned buildings and beating up squatters and then preparing himself for a concert audition by immersing himself in the complex beauties of a Bach toccata.

The film, in French with English subtitles, will be shown at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 3 and 4 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 2. It is unrated but of R quality and runs 1:47.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. For details, call (315) 781-LIVE or toll-free (866) 355-LIVE.