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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.

Director:

Philippe Claudel

Writer:

Philippe Claudel (screenplay)
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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 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 »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg, Luxembourg See more »

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Color

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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

(1951)
Sung by Leïla Bekhti
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Lies, lives and loves.
29 May 2014 | by Bo AtdrinksSee all my reviews

Daniel Auteuil plays a doctor and Kristin Scott Thomas plays his wife. They lead a rather secluded, rather upper-class existence, in a big house, with a very big garden. He works long hours, she does not. He starts getting flowers sent to him, and who is sending them and why, is the central mystery of the film.

This is a slow film, a very, very, slow film. It starts off slowly with domestic scenes and only picks up very slowly. We are unsure about the central mystery. Different indications suggest different answers and different roads to go down.

Around half-way through the film is an unexpected scene which seem to jar with the rest of the film. It is not the most important scene in the film. However it does introduce an important theme. Although having said this, it does not introduce a development in the plot. As such then, do not expect the little scene to have any greater significance than it has. Do not expect anything more.

Film is rather like real-life. Everyday domestic matters feature strongly in the film. Accidents can happen, mistakes can be made, situations can be misunderstood.

The fragility of life is a central theme of the film. So too are personal circumstances and change of circumstances. Film is about relationships, lies, lives and loves. There is passion but it is very pent-up.

It is a slow film, a little dark, with a few brief life-enhancing moments.

Tip: Opera buffs may understand a mistake. 8/10.


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