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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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Paul
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Lucie
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Lou
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Gérard
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Caroline
Jérôme Varanfrain ...
Victor
Anne Metzler ...
Zoé Gassard
Laure Killing ...
Mathilde
Laurent Claret ...
Denis - le directeur de la clinique
Annette Schlechter ...
Madame Malek
Jean-François Wolff ...
Le commandant Xavier Garin
Joël Delsaut ...
Le capitaine Thierry Weiler
Jacqueline Ghaye ...
Juliette
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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27 November 2013 (France)  »

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Antes del frío invierno  »

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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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Si mi chiamano Mimi (from opera
La Bohème")
Music By Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
(1892-1895)
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Unique plot and atmosphere for experienced viewers
8 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

Director Philippe Claudel has also written the script which mixes film genres to great effect. He pulls it off with a most unlikely plot with the help of great acting work from Daniel Auteuil, Kristin Scott Thomas and the sad-eyed and lovely Leila Bekhti. This is a mystery without a crime and a romantic triangle of sorts completely without sex. That alone makes this film unwatchable for many and quite challenging for all. The main character as played by Auteuil is a surgeon of about 60 years whose life has been his work. A chance meeting, as it seems, with a lovely young woman rocks him off his tracks. Auteuil begins to doubt if his life has been meaningful at all and is drawn to the vitality of the young woman who appears to have similar traumas as he has had in his earlier life. At times the audience may be as lost as Auteuil's poor character, wondering what is going on and where on earth is Mr. Claudel taking us. The director was 51 when the film was made, and being about 60 myself I can't help thinking that this film is about aging of men and dealing with it more than anything else. Few have commented on the very difficult role of the tormented siren tempting the aging surgeon. I cannot imagine a better choice for this role than Leila Bekhti, who gives it much more credibility and much more a sense of mystery than it would have on paper. So the ninth point goes for her contribution. If you give Before the Winter Chill your full attention, it will stay on your mind and intrigue you for quite a while.


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