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Avant l'hiver (2013)

Lucie presumes that her husband Paul - an older neurosurgeon - has an affair. Indeed, Paul behaves strange lately, but the truth behind it is dark and complicated.

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Philippe Claudel

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Philippe Claudel (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Auteuil ... Paul
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Lucie
Leïla Bekhti ... Lou
Richard Berry ... Gérard
Vicky Krieps ... Caroline
Jérôme Varanfrain Jérôme Varanfrain ... Victor
Anne Metzler Anne Metzler ... Zoé Gassard
Laure Killing Laure Killing ... Mathilde
Laurent Claret Laurent Claret ... Denis - le directeur de la clinique
Annette Schlechter Annette Schlechter ... Madame Malek
Jean-François Wolff Jean-François Wolff ... Le commandant Xavier Garin
Joël Delsaut Joël Delsaut ... Le capitaine Thierry Weiler
Jacqueline Ghaye Jacqueline Ghaye ... Juliette
Pascale Noe Adam Pascale Noe Adam ... Anouk (as Pascale Noé Adam)
Lucie Debay ... Amie de Lou
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Lucie presumes that her husband Paul - an older neurosurgeon - has an affair. Indeed, Paul behaves strange lately, but the truth behind it is dark and complicated.

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Country:

France | Luxembourg

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 November 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Antes del frío invierno See more »

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Luxembourg, Luxembourg See more »

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2.35 : 1
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French visa # 134191. See more »

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When Paul tries to forces its way in Gérard's computer, we see him trying/guessing a few passwords, the last of which we can actually read on screen; Windows would not display actual password characters, only "*****" See more »

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Comme un p'tit Coquelicot
Lyrics by Raymond Asso
Music by Claude Valery
Sung by Leïla Bekhti
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20 September 2015 | by bob998See all my reviews

Altman's The Player had a similar idea: the hero receives messages from a man he believes has a grudge against him, then starts to investigate... The doctor in this film receives flowers every day, and comes to believe that they come from a woman who, he thinks, harbors some grievance. Soon he starts to slump in surgery, his supervisor orders him to take time off, and he finds he has no appetite for anything. I admired Daniel Auteuil's performance very much; he has put on some weight and his eyes have that distant look that means he can't focus on the essential things. His wife, his son and daughter-in-law have needs and he is oblivious to all of it.

Kristin Scott Thomas gives one of her finest performances; she is both suspicious that Paul is cheating and sure that he isn't (not really a paradox). Her eyes are wonderfully expressive. Leila Bekhti didn't really fit in with the story: I didn't get a feeling of menace from her. Richard Berry as the man who never tires of carrying a torch is excellent.


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