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Director:
Writers:
Claude Sautet (scenario and dialogue) &
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Release Date:
4 June 1993 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Beautiful violin virtuoso Camille has two obsessions: the music of Ravel, and a friend of her husband's who crafts violins... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 15 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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A very sad film but beautifully realized See more (57 total) »

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Directed by
Claude Sautet 
 
Writing credits
Claude Sautet (scenario and dialogue) &
Jacques Fieschi (scenario and dialogue)

Jérôme Tonnerre (scenario collaborator)

Yves Ulmann (collaborating writer)

Produced by
Raphaël Berdugo .... co-producer
Philippe Carcassonne .... producer
Jean-Louis Livi .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Yves Angelo 
 
Film Editing by
Jacqueline Thiédot 
 
Casting by
Pascale Béraud 
Christiane Lebrima 
Lissa Pillu 
 
Production Design by
Christian Marti 
 
Set Decoration by
Frédérique Belvaux 
 
Costume Design by
Corinne Jorry 
 
Makeup Department
Daniel Mourgues .... hair stylist
Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen .... makeup artist
Thi-Loan Nguyen .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Francis Barrois .... unit manager
Gérard Gaultier .... production manager
Olivier Guespin .... unit manager
Marc Rovere .... unit manager
Marc Vadé .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Natalie Engelstein .... assistant director
Nils Hoffet .... assistant director
Frédéric Jardin .... assistant director
Yvon Rouvé .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Marie-Thérèse Boiché .... sound editor
Denis Carquin .... assistant sound
Pierre Lenoir .... sound
Jean-Paul Loublier .... sound mixer
Jérôme Lévy .... foley artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Laurent Fleutot .... assistant camera
Jean-Yves Freess .... best boy grip
Jean-Michel Gageat .... electrician
Michel LeFrançois .... electrician
Denis Moncel .... electrician
Richard Vidal .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tess Hammami .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Christine Grenet .... assistant editor
Dorian Rigal-Ansous .... assistant editor
Daniel Vincent .... color timer
 
Music Department
Keith Harvey .... musician: cello
Jean-Jacques Kantorow .... musician: violin
Philippe Mahu .... consultant: Lutherie
Christophe Poiget .... music consultant
Carole Saint-Michel .... music consultant
Philippe Sarde .... musical director
Howard Shelley .... musician: piano
 
Other crew
Geneviève Cortier .... script supervisor
Pierre Dufour .... location scout
 
Thanks
Claude Biteur .... thanks
Le Docteur Jacob .... special thanks
Étienne Vatelot .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Un coeur en hiver" - France (original title)
"A Heart in Winter" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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105 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Emmanuelle Béart actually learned how to play the violin for the part.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Serenade, Op 3 No 5.See more »

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40 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
A very sad film but beautifully realized, 2 June 2002
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Brother, can you spare a heart?

In Un Coeur en Hiver, the late Claude Sautet looks into the heart of Stephane, a master violin craftsman (Daniel Auteuil), and finds only ice. Stephane is an observer of life, not a participant. The film reveals the consequences of his emotional isolation, of what he has to give up in order to maintain his solitude.

Un Coeur en Hiver is as far from a typical Hollywood romance as Casablanca is from L'Avventura. The film is almost a revisionist portrayal of the usual debonair French romantic lover. While the lovely sonatas and trios of Maurice Ravel form a haunting background, there is a lifeless quality to Stephane and ennui is a palpable presence throughout.

Stephane seems ready to leap into a passionate relationship with a beautiful young violinist, Camille (Emmanuelle Beart) after Maxim, his partner for many years (also in love with Camille), introduces her to Stephane. Stephane, however, is unable to relate to Maxim's friendship or to his growing attraction to Camille and becomes distant and manipulative.

Held back by his reluctance to take risks, his relationship with Camille provides him with the forms of intimacy but without the substance. No pat psychological interpretation is provided but is left to the viewer to interpret. The camera is reserved and intimate. For the most part, emotions are conveyed through glances, expressions, and silences rather than dialogue.

The scene where Camille finally explodes out of frustration over Stephane's emotional distance, however, is powerful, yet is not enough to shake the reluctant lover from his hiding place. At a restaurant, Camille tells Stephanie, "He says he likes music because "music is dreams". "Poor jerk", she blurts out, "You know nothing about dreams". Pointing to his heart, she says, "There is nothing in there, nothing. No imagination, no heart, no balls". Stephane simply sits there with a half grin on his face. I could really feel Camille's frustration in trying to pluck fruit from a barren tree.

Auteuil's outstanding performance makes him a likable figure, a really sweet guy but a very sad one. I felt repeatedly like shaking him from his lethargy and exposing him to joy and the rhythmic beauty of life, perhaps adding a little Mozart to his Ravel.

At the end, however, there is some character development. Stephane finally recognizes that "there is something lifeless inside of me." As his friends depart, he is left sitting alone at a restaurant table, poignantly feeling his loneliness. Perhaps this insight is the beginning of his transformation. A very sad film but beautifully realized.

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