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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
I saw this film at the 2006 Palm Springs International Film Festival. I like films that have a small central cast as in this with the farmer and his wife, The brother and sister from the factory and in lesser roles the wife's sister and the farmer's farmhand. Lot's of irony here with a man who's life has been forever altered by fire who because of that he prohibits the use of any fire on his property despite the winter which has set in. He ends up being in front of an inferno of flames everyday at his foundry job. Meanwhile as the ember of love seems to die out from his marriage new sparks ignite with another woman. The husband and wife are going through an emotional and mental meltdown while the brother and sister and their family are going through a re-firing of their mental and emotional sate of being. Long Winter Without Fire has a cold, icy look and feel to it. Marie Matheron as Laure and Gabriella Muskala as Labinota turn in fine performances. I would rate this a 7.0 out of a possible 10 and recommend it.
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