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A Tale of Winter (1992)

Conte d'hiver (original title)
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Felicie and Charles have a serious if whirlwind holiday romance. Due to a mix-up on addresses they lose contact, and five years later at Christmas-time Felicie is living with her mother in ... See full summary »

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Éric Rohmer

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Éric Rohmer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Véry ... Félicie
Frédéric van den Driessche ... Charles
Michel Voletti Michel Voletti ... Maxence (as Michael Voletti)
Hervé Furic Hervé Furic ... Loïc
Ava Loraschi Ava Loraschi ... Elise
Christiane Desbois Christiane Desbois ... Mother
Rosette ... Sister
Jean-Luc Revol Jean-Luc Revol ... Brother-in-Law
Haydée Caillot Haydée Caillot ... Edwige
Jean-Claude Biette Jean-Claude Biette ... Quentin
Marie Rivière ... Dora
Claudine Paringaux Claudine Paringaux ... Customer
Roger Dumas ... Léontès
Danièle Lebrun Danièle Lebrun ... Paulina
Diane Lepvrier Diane Lepvrier ... Hermione
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Storyline

Felicie and Charles have a serious if whirlwind holiday romance. Due to a mix-up on addresses they lose contact, and five years later at Christmas-time Felicie is living with her mother in a cold Paris with a daughter as a reminder of that long-ago summer. For male companionship she oscillates between hairdresser Maxence and the intellectual Loic, but seems unable to commit to either as the memory of Charles and what might have been hangs over everything. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

29 January 1992 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tale of Winter See more »

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$213,687
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Mono

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1.66 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

Loïc: If I were God, I'd cherish you particularly.
Felicie: Why?
Loïc: Because you were unjustly unhappy, and you can sacrifice your happiness, your life to a love that's out of reach.
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Pascal's wager, resurrected
14 April 2000 | by lexm4See all my reviews

Rohmer's 1969 film 'Ma nuit chez Maud' had explored at great length about "Pascal's wager", which came down to the fact that people willing to bet against enormous odds to attain their life affirming gain (sorry I never read Pascal). This movie is basically a human story built around this Paradox. It did mentioned Pascal once.

I find the character of Felicie is well developed and evoke empathy from me. I was a little disappointed at the ending because it doesn't really answer my question, "... but what if I lose?"

But I guess like Checkov said the artist duty is "the correct way of putting the question". The question is well put in this film and I can't ask too much.

Very intelligent film. Since I don't speak French, at times I feel like reading a book (subtitle) rather than watching a film. But overall I highly recommend it.


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