In this powerful drama, a man finds his heart and soul torn between loyalty to his family and a need to be redeemed from his violent lifestyle. Tom finds himself caught between two very different worlds. He loves music, and longs to have a career as a concert pianist but he supports himself working as a collection agent for his father, a mid-level gangster and loan shark. Tom’s temper makes it easy for him to adapt to the violent life of a gangster’s muscle man, but he wants to give his creative side a chance to grow, and struggles to get his skills in order for an audition with a concert promoter interested in his music.
Winner of BAFTA Award for Best Film. Winner of César Award for: Best film, directing, screenwriting, acting, editing, cinematography, music and sound track.