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Un Coeur en Hiver (1992)

Un coeur en hiver (original title)
Beautiful violin virtuoso Camille has two obsessions: the music of Ravel, and a friend of her husband's who crafts violins. But his heart seems to be as cold as her playing is passionate.


Claude Sautet


Claude Sautet (scenario and dialogue), Jacques Fieschi (scenario and dialogue) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 16 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Auteuil ... Stéphane
Emmanuelle Béart ... Camille
André Dussollier ... Maxime
Elizabeth Bourgine ... Hélène
Brigitte Catillon Brigitte Catillon ... Régine
Myriam Boyer Myriam Boyer ... Mme. Amet
Jean-Claude Bouillaud Jean-Claude Bouillaud
Stanislas Carré de Malberg ... Brice
Dominique De Williencourt Dominique De Williencourt ... Christophe
Jeffrey Grice Jeffrey Grice
Luben Yordanoff Luben Yordanoff
Nanou Garcia Nanou Garcia
François Domange François Domange
Van Doude
Jacques Villa Jacques Villa


Beautiful violin virtuoso Camille has two obsessions: the music of Ravel, and a friend of her husband's who crafts violins. But his heart seems to be as cold as her playing is passionate. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Music | Romance


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Emmanuelle Béart learned to play the violin for the part. See more »


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Serenade, Op 3 No 5.
Written by Joseph Haydn
(Music played by the music box]
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Who cares about plot? As beautiful to listen to as to watch.
6 September 1999 | by icon-7See all my reviews

A visually-beautiful film. Even if the plot were not good (but it is) it would still be worth seeing for its good-looks.

Beart (Camille) is magnificent! When I first saw the film I thought she was a real violinist, so convincing was her 'playing'. She and Auteuil (Stephane) employ that subtle 'facial' acting, so popular in French cinema. As both their faces are quite lovely, this is a pleasure to watch. Is Beart the most beautiful woman on screen? Probably.

This movie is like a dream sometimes. It gives clues to the riddles of the characters, but does not reveal their essences. Sometimes you have to wonder if the story is really a kind of allegory, with the characters as symbols, their full significance yet to be revealed.

Look out for what appears to be an important scene featuring Stephane's parents, towards the end of the film. It is not obviously enlightening, but it may prove to hold the key to his love-less character. There is a climax to the story, but no real resolution or explanation. Yes, it's the 'Picnic at Hanging Rock' unresolved-ending phenomenon back with a vengeance. And how much more interesting it makes this intriguing story!

Oh - and the music is a substantial part of the film - not just 'background', which is a good thing.

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Q: One of the most intriguing and astonishing things in this movie, in which Ravel's chamber music and it's interpretation by the main character play such a prominent role, is the fact that Emmanuelle Béart really seems to play the violin amazingly well herself. Never before did I see a movie in which an actor or actress play a musician's role not violating the visual plausibility of being the performer in person!I read that Emmanuelle Béart learnt to play the violin to be able to play her part. I can hardly believe so. She must have learnt, practiced and played the violin for many years. Every sounding note (played by the famous Jean-Jacques Kantorow) is perfectly synchronized with the corresponding (virtual) tones seemingly produced by Béarts fingers. The way she keeps the instrument, her right arm movements, the powerful downbows, the perfectly rhythmical pizzicato's, the ornamental vibrato's, everything looked absolutely natural and credible. This perfect match between video and sound may be established technically in the film studio, but it remains unthinkable that Emmanuelle Béart did not play herself these works in a skilful manner. And if anything was manipulated, then I guess it must have been the video and not the sound of the performance by Kantorow.The only thing we cannot take into consideration is the sound produced by Béart ... Her intonation may not have been as perfect as her musical appearance.Is there anybody who can tell me whether Emmanuelle Béart has played the violin long before this movie, and also how well she mastered the art of violin playing in real life?
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4 June 1993 (USA) See more »

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