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Tout un hiver sans feu (2004)

Six months after losing their five years old daughter in a fire in the barn of their little farm, Jean and his wife Laure are facing troubles in their relationship and financial problems. ... See full summary »

Director:

Greg Zglinski

Writers:

Pierre-Pascal Rossi (original scenario), Barbara Grinberg (adaptation) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aurélien Recoing ... Jean
Marie Matheron ... Laure
Gabriela Muskala ... Labinota
Blerim Gjoci ... Kastriot
Nathalie Boulin Nathalie Boulin ... Valérie
Antonio Buíl ... Aquilino
Michel Voïta ... Roger Mabillard
Gilles Tschudi Gilles Tschudi ... Assureur
Roland Vouilloz Roland Vouilloz ... Jojo
Bernard Kordylas Bernard Kordylas ... Chef d'atelier
Frédéric Landenberg Frédéric Landenberg ... Dédé
Jorge Lopez Jorge Lopez ... Ernesto
Jean-Marie Daunas Jean-Marie Daunas ... Félix
Mufide Rrahmani Mufide Rrahmani ... Ana
Visar Qusaj Visar Qusaj ... Visar
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Six months after losing their five years old daughter in a fire in the barn of their little farm, Jean and his wife Laure are facing troubles in their relationship and financial problems. Laure grieves the loss of their daughter and blames herself for her absence and Jean for his negligence for the fire; Jean is trying to rise from the ashes and somehow rebuild his life; and the insurance company refuses to pay the prize for the accident. Jean asks for a job in a mill to a friend to make money and support the psychiatric treatment of Laure. In his new job, he meets and becomes friend of the Kosovo refugee's siblings Kastriot and Labinota, while the Laure's sister Valérie separates them. Jean feels the passion of love and sense of life in his relationship with Labinota, who had her life destroyed with the war. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama

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Selected as the official entry from Switzerland in the Best Foreign Language Film for the 2006 Oscars. See more »

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Sikur ta dija
Performed by Kapsamun
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Great emotional cinema
30 May 2005 | by wizglinsSee all my reviews

I admit that I am the brother of Greg, yet I want to point out, that I certainly would tell him if he messes something up:-)

Mostly I'd like to comment on this movie to give it rather an inside view of the story it is telling. So the central message of this film is the question how to manage the fact of a terrible loss. On one side we have the main character, a farmer from the swiss jura, that has lost his child in an accident. On the other side we have the two kosovians (brother and sister) who also suffered a terrible loss during the kosovian war and took refuge to Switzerland. Both parties had an extreme encounter with death, yet they react totally different to it. This is the chance for the farmer to learn, that there are other ways to resolve a situation of grief and sorrow.

That's also where he gets cornered between two lives he could chose. On one hand his wife, full of agony, who has to get medical treatment. On the other hand his new kosovian girlfriend that surprises him with her will to live.

Wherever the movie was shown, always one thing surprised me. At the end nobody moved, nobody talked, the people just sat still and remained silent. I guess the ability to absorb an entire audience in such a way is rather extraordinary and deserves a high score, hence 9/10.


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Switzerland | Belgium

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French | Albanian

Release Date:

16 November 2005 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

All Winter Without Fire See more »

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