Louis Malle is very clear that Murmur of the Heart is only partially autobiographical. But he’s also clear that the — ahem — climax of the film felt like the only logical conclusion to the relationship he was building between his main characters, including the character who is supposed to be him as a young teen. It’s…uh….complicated.
Pat and I had issues with Murmur, but those issues are immediately overcome as we move through the rest of the Malle boxset Criterion has presented us with. Rarely have we gone from disliking a director so much to loving them so quickly. But for now, there’s this.
We talk about the a movie that is clearly not for us with Louis Malle’s Murmur of the Heart. Listen via iTunes or LostInCriterion.com, and while you're at it, like us on Facebook or support us on Patreon.