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A deadpan, picaresque buddy comedy about two old friends through a series of urban adventures, loosely connected by the skull of an executed French aristocrat. Winter Song is a typically ... See full summary »

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Otar Iosseliani

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Otar Iosseliani (scenario)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rufus ... Concierge
Amiran Amiranashvili Amiran Amiranashvili ... Anthropologue
Mathias Jung Mathias Jung ... Préfet
Enrico Ghezzi Enrico Ghezzi ... Baron
Mathieu Amalric ... Bâtisseur
Altinaï Petrovitch-Njegosh Altinaï Petrovitch-Njegosh ... Fille frivole
Sarah Brannens Sarah Brannens ... Voisine
Samantha Mialet Samantha Mialet ... Emigrée
Fiona Monbet Fiona Monbet ... Violoniste
Claudine Acs Claudine Acs ... Comtesse
Josef Roumanet-Monbellet Josef Roumanet-Monbellet ... Enfant
Pierre Étaix ... Marquis-clochard
Tony Gatlif ... Truand
Fanie Zanini Fanie Zanini ... Enfant
Mile Stevic Mile Stevic ... Chauffeur du préfet
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A deadpan, picaresque buddy comedy about two old friends through a series of urban adventures, loosely connected by the skull of an executed French aristocrat. Winter Song is a typically irreverent Iosselianian jaunt through a classy Paris apartment block contemplating the past, present and future. Written by Busan International Film Festival

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France

Language:

French

Release Date:

25 November 2015 (France) See more »

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Brilliant, just brilliant
19 July 2016 | by BeyondStorySee all my reviews

One of the most enjoyable films I have seen this year. Iosseliani has a beautifully dry and intelligent sense of humour, which balances his astutely subtle socio-political observations perfectly.

Warm, life-affirming, empathetic, this is a film all students of the art of cinema (in fact, life in general) will (or should) relish. This is not a film for those with a lazy attitude to cinema, who expect films to do most the work for them. This is a film that requires that you bring your perception, humanity, and life-experience with you in order to fully enjoy its understated riches.

The acting was understated and charming, full of playful sight gags. Alas, the film may be difficult for some. A number of people simply gave up at the screening I attended and walked out - probably for the best – and at the end the audience gave a collective moan. Evidently, the fullness of Iosseliani's art sailed passed them, which is pity because they sat through but entirely missed a treat from one of the great artists of world cinema. Do whatever you can to see this superb gem.


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