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Before the Winter Chill

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 2013
  • Philippe Claudel
  • 98 mins
  • 15

Summary

Drama starring Daniel Auteuil and Kristin Scott Thomas. Paul is a respected French neurosurgeon, who's been married to his English wife Lucie for years. But when he receives roses from a mysterious source, it exposes his seemingly idyllic relationship to scrutiny and suspicion.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Another middle-class, midlife crisis unfolds here in the way French cinema does so well. Daniel Auteuil is as watchable as ever in the role of a distinguished surgeon whose neatly regulated existence begins to dismantle after a chance encounter. Leila Bekhti plays the fascinating barmaid whose defiant independence from her Moroccan parents somehow strikes a restless chord in Auteuil's previously dutiful husband and father. Between them, Auteuil and writer/director Philippe Claudel ensure that the story avoids the familiar path of older-man lechery, focusing instead on the regrets of a life lived to please others. It's an intriguing premise, but it does leave Kristin Scott Thomas in a slightly ill-defined role as the bored, increasingly suspicious wife, and the script's occasional forays into twisty-thriller territory prove a slightly awkward fit with the character-driven material. Ultimately, it's hard to feel too sorry for those trapped in a life of wealth and privilege, but the assured performances and an overall patina of Gallic elegance make this a well-heeled time-passer.

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Credits

Cast

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PaulDaniel Auteuil
LucieKristin Scott Thomas
LouLeila Bekhti
GérardRichard Berry
CarolineVicky Krieps
VictorJérôme Varanfrain
MathildeLaure Killing
Zoé GassardAnne Metzler
DenisLaurent Claret
Mme MalekAnnette Schlechter

Crew

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DirectorPhilippe Claudel

Details

Theatrical distributor
Metrodome
Released on
2014-05-09
Languages
French
Guidance
Swearing, some violence, brief nudity.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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