Original: Fingers (1978)
Director: Jacques Audiard
Stars: Romain Duris, Niels Arestrup, Jonathan Zaccai, Gilles Cohen, Linh Dan Pham, Aure Atika
For our money, there are very few currently working actors capable of selling raw emotion and explosive fury quite like a young Harvey Keitel, and the James Toback-directed Fingers is definitely one of his most overlooked efforts. In it, Keitel thoroughly captivates as a piano player who moonlights as a loan shark and battles his overpowering inner demons.
It’s not a clear target for a remake, especially not one made overseas, yet French filmmaker Jacques Audiard clearly knows a thing or two about under-appreciated ’70s cinema. With an excellent Romain Duris occupying Keitel’s role, The Beat That My Heart Skipped is a more subdued take on Toback’s film, thanks to Duris’ calmer, more introspective variation on Keitel’s unhinged, showier interpretation.