Tom (Romain Duris) works as a real estate debt collector for his father Robert (Niels Arestrup). The work involves violence and he wishes he could be more like his late mother, who was a concert pianist. When offered a piano audition, he starts to practise again, and is coached by a beautiful Chinese teacher Miao Lin (Linh Dan Pham), who doesn't speak a word of French. To make life even more complicated, he is having an affair with his best friend's wife.
Romain Duris stars as Tom, a foot soldier in his father's real-estate business. It's a tough job collecting back rents and evicting squatters. His late mother was a virtuoso pianist, and Tom might have followed in her footsteps, but hasn't played since her death. A chance meeting with her former agent leaves Tom torn between her memory and his father's dependency. Realising an upcoming audition may give him a way out of the brutal family business, he starts rehearsing secretly with Vietnamese music tutor, Miao-Lin, played by Linh-Dan Pham.
The Beat That My Heart Skipped is a frenetic and adrenalin fueled ride firmly held together by Romain Duris' intense performance. The camera moves constantly, seeking out intimate shots of both beauty and brutality. Director Audiard relies on long takes and single shot scenes to give the film a more realistic tension. This provocative drama exposes the paradox – to either conform or pursue one's passion.