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After Fall, Winter (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 27 January 2012 (USA)
WINTER is a dangerous, sexy, poignant and at times darkly funny story about two people who desperately want intimacy but have fashioned lives of reclusivity and emotional fracture which ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Schaeffer ... Michael
Lizzie Brocheré ... Sophie
Marie Luneau Marie Luneau ... Anais
Christian Mulot Christian Mulot ... Charles
Sylvie Loeillet Sylvie Loeillet ... Natalie
Niseema Theillaud Niseema Theillaud ... Sophie's Mother
Heather Aitken Heather Aitken ... Head Nurse
Rebecca James Rebecca James ... Nurse
Matthias Van Khache ... Antoine
Murielle Huet des Aunay Murielle Huet des Aunay ... Domina X (as Muriel Huet Des Aunay)
Akéla Sari Akéla Sari ... Gypsy (as Akela Sari)
Deborah Twiss ... Caroline
Matthew McCann Matthew McCann ... Charles and Caroline's Kid
Sydney McCann Sydney McCann ... Charles and Caroline's Kid (as Sydney Bond McCann)
Arsène Jiroyan ... Counter Man


WINTER is a dangerous, sexy, poignant and at times darkly funny story about two people who desperately want intimacy but have fashioned lives of reclusivity and emotional fracture which ultimately spells the doom of their great love. WINTER begins with Michael, in his mid forties, suicidal about his writing career, which once flourished and now is on a downturn. He leaves his home in New York and goes to Paris in hopes of igniting his passion for writing and life. He also has a penchant for S and M. Soon after is arrival he meets Sophie, a sexy, smart, soulful, nurse who helps dying people transition to the after world. She and Michael instantly have chemistry albeit combative. Sophie has a secret. Her other job is being a dominatrix. Throughout the film, Sophie is nursing a little girl, Anais, who is dying of leukemia. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


This is a sequel to Schaefer's film "Fall," released in the late 90's. See more »


Michael: There's something I'm gonna tell you one day that I thought when I first saw you.
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Follows Fall (1997) See more »


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Great movie that crashes in the end
21 September 2012 | by drarthurwellsSee all my reviews

This is a love story about two broken people (Michael stated that all people are broken)trying to find repair (salvation, redemption, purpose, etc.) through love. However, the damages that Michael and Sophie bring into the relationship makes it difficult for them to develop a relationship.

Michael is a masochist and Sophie is a dominatrix by profession who caters to masochistic men. You would thus think they were soul mates. However, Sophie only role plays her sadistic posture in her work and is not truly a dominatrix personally. Michael is a failure with many redeeming qualities and his masochism mollifies his failures and subsequent depression. Both enter the relationship hiding something from each other, and this serves as an invisible barrier to their love.

For the first time in her life, Sophie overcomes her anxiety over intimate love and finds herself falling in love, following Michael's lead in his dependent need for her.

However, Michael reveals himself as a pathetic failure who deceived her and she leaves him with disastrous consequences.

The movie's ending is disappointing since the potential for developing a love relationship could have been actualized with time and proper honest communication.

The movie is extremely well done in all aspects except the ending. The ending could have easily been revised in different ways to make a fulfilling story.

Manuel Bonnet as Michael and Lizzie Brocheré as Sophie were both superb. For me, Brocheré's performance ranks with that of Giulietta Massina in "La Strada" as one of the best female performances.

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27 January 2012 (USA) See more »

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