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Avant l'hiver (2013)

Lucie presumes that her husband Paul - an older neurosurgeon - has an affair. Indeed, Paul behaves strange lately, but the truth behind it is dark and complicated.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Paul
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Lucie
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Lou
Richard Berry ...
Gérard
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Caroline
Jérôme Varanfrain ...
Victor
Laure Killing ...
Mathilde
Anne Metzler ...
Zoé Gassard
Laurent Claret ...
Denis - le directeur de la clinique
Annette Schlechter ...
Madame Malek
Jean-François Wolff ...
Le commandant Xavier Garin
Joël Delsaut ...
Le capitaine Thierry Weiler
Jacqueline Ghaye ...
Juliette
Pascale Noe Adam ...
Anouk (as Pascale Noé Adam)
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Amie de Lou
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Lucie presumes that her husband Paul - an older neurosurgeon - has an affair. Indeed, Paul behaves strange lately, but the truth behind it is dark and complicated.

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27 November 2013 (France)  »

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Antes del frío invierno  »

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French visa # 134191. See more »

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When Paul tries to forces its way in Gérard's computer, we see him trying/guessing a few passwords, the last of which we can actually read on screen; Windows would not display actual password characters, only "*****" See more »

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Roses of Picardy
Composed by Haydn Wood
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Well constructed story about a married middle-aged man courting a younger woman, with just enough complications to make it interesting
7 April 2014 | by (Amersfoort, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Leiden film festival 2013 (LIFF). This could have been the umpteenth story about a middle aged man courting a younger woman, thereby endangering not only his marriage but also risking the health of his patients while slacking off his daily job as a surgeon. But luckily it is much more, due to some complications interwoven in the script that make it interesting nevertheless.

The daily package of red roses that are delivered throughout the running time of the film, seems important and thus are we eager all the time to know who is behind it. In the end we still wonder who is sending the roses, however, but it does not really matter in hindsight as many other sub-plots take over and keep us interested.

A possible minus point is the shallow role of the surgeon's wife. She has typically not enough on her hands other than waiting for her husband to come home. Her garden is her only daily occupation that keeps her from complete boredom, so it seems. I had assumed more initiative from her side, as she is obviously not the unlearned and meek kind of woman.

All in all, I can only moderately recommend this film. It is not a total failure, however, due to several sub-plots that keeps us interested. But that is all there is. This film ranked a moderate 26th place (out of 55) for the audience award.


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