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Early Winter (2015)

David, a man in his forties, who has sacrificed his life to his wife and kids fights to keep them close to him.

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David, a man in his forties, lives a predictable life with his wife Maya and their two children. To please his wife with the latest gadgets, he works solitary shift work, days and nights, as a janitor in a retirement home. But when he begins to suspect that Maya is having an affair, he starts to lose ground, his past threatening to smash everything in his path. Written by Anonymous

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Melissa George was originally cast in the lead role, but after the project was delayed several times, she dropped out due to schedule conflicts. See more »

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Cold, but necessarily so! Textured and Thoughtful.
1 October 2016 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

As a companion piece to another movie made in 2015: '45 Years', 'Early Winter' is concerned with the relationship between a husband and a wife. In this Canadian/Australian Co-production, the pair are considerably younger than Tom Courtenay/Charlotte Rampling from the British film, but are likewise dealing with a subtle but incredibly powerful shift in their union.

I was greatly excited at the prospect of seeing this movie as it stars one of my favourite new women in world cinema: Suzanne Clement. Her astounding performance in Xavier Dolan's transgender love story 'Laurence Anyways' and her compelling supporting turn in Dolan's 'Mommy' have given me a sense of the versatility and undeniable power to her screen presence. Clement does not disappoint here in a very different role; bringing at times a seething frustration and world weariness which is painful to observe. Paul Doucet is wonderful in the bigger role and the more sympathetic of the couple. His tenderness in his work scenes are beautifully contrasted with the often fractious ones in his home.

Australian born director Michael Rowe keeps the audience at a distance emotionally and spacially thanks to the litany of long, wide and two shot coverage he uses in his final edit. There are many scenes where very little is uttered, but as with '45 Years', there is texturally so much being conveyed and felt. The often bleak and icy street scenes and late at night hospital/nursing home sequences contribute much to the 'Early winter' being portrayed thematically and realistically. It doesn't really cover any new ground, but what is really special about 'Early Winter' is the exploration of a universal quest by humanity - connection. It is found often where it is least expected. The story is slow and at times slight (focusing on little details of daily family life) and then touching on some very sobering and heartbreaking ones, but I respect the filmmaker's choices as he steadily builds a portrait of the increasingly divergent journeys of its leading characters. See it for Suzanne Clement and Paul Doucet; see it for its honesty and its sensitivity.


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