Top 10 Remakes That Got It Right
With a new take on 'Total Recall' out Friday, we round up cinema's best do-overs
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4. "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" (Jacques Audiard, 2005)
Remake of: "Fingers" (James Toback, 1978)
American filmmakers have a long history of filching French hits for their own commercial purposes. Here, they returned the favour, as James Toback’s rough-hewn, underexposed character thriller “Fingers” came in for far more lyrical treatment at the hands of Gallic genre stylist Audiard, with Romain Duris a more smoldering substitute for Harvey Keitel. Audiard’s exquisitely crafted and scored film retains the slender original narrative of an expert pianist and fingersmith caught between vocations of music and crime, but with increased focus on his cross-cultural romance with a piano tutor – it’s at once more Hollywood and more swoonily European than the original.