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A Tale of Winter (1992)

Conte d'hiver (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 29 January 1992 (France)
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Five years after losing touch with a summer fling, a woman has difficulty choosing between her two suitors.


Éric Rohmer


Éric Rohmer
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Véry ... Félicie
Frédéric van den Driessche ... Charles
Michel Voletti Michel Voletti ... Maxence
Hervé Furic Hervé Furic ... Loïc
Ava Loraschi Ava Loraschi ... Elise
Christiane Desbois Christiane Desbois ... Mother
Rosette ... Sister
Jean-Luc Revol Jean-Luc Revol ... Brother-in-Law
Haydée Caillot Haydée Caillot ... Edwige
Jean-Claude Biette Jean-Claude Biette ... Quentin
Marie Rivière ... Dora
Claudine Paringaux Claudine Paringaux ... Customer
Roger Dumas ... Léontès
Danièle Lebrun Danièle Lebrun ... Paulina
Diane Lepvrier Diane Lepvrier ... Hermione


Felicie and Charles have a serious if whirlwind holiday romance. Due to a mix-up on addresses they lose contact, and five years later at Christmas-time Felicie is living with her mother in a cold Paris with a daughter as a reminder of that long-ago summer. For male companionship she oscillates between hairdresser Maxence and the intellectual Loic, but seems unable to commit to either as the memory of Charles and what might have been hangs over everything. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Release Date:

29 January 1992 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,802, 21 December 2014

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1.66 : 1
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Loïc: If I were God, I'd cherish you particularly.
Felicie: Why?
Loïc: Because you were unjustly unhappy, and you can sacrifice your happiness, your life to a love that's out of reach.
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Followed by Autumn Tale (1998) See more »

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For those who believe in the power of love, now witness the power of Rohmer.
13 April 2008 | by supadude2004See all my reviews

A most brilliant, brilliant movie. Rohmer here exhibits nothing but true mastery in this most insightful work on the power of love over all else. This is a movie for romantics, dreamers and those who have known what it is to live for love.

Being "a Rohmer", the movie is by no means fast paced but as each minute passes you lose track of time as you become ever more consumed in the story; and it's a story whose tension almost effortlessly builds as the movie progresses; fulfilled in part by Rohmer's brilliant direction but also by the exceptional performance of Charlotte Very. Her acting in this movie is so brilliant that it's sometimes difficult to recall that you are actually watching a fictional movie and not a fly on the wall treatise on the nature of love that never dies. The question one must repeatedly wonder concerns the nature of love and more particularly whether one can ever love other persons the same way you loved your first? Whether your views change or not from watching this movie, it would be difficult not to be moved by its tale. All I can say is that by the film's ending I really was hungry for more - which rarely happens to me when watching movies! That being said, this is definitely not a movie for everyone: If your "top ten" includes Transformers, 300, Fight Club then you should steer well clear of Conte D'Hiver. The action in this movie is only of the psychological sort. Rohmer fans will (needless to say) be instant converts. But if you enjoyed movies as diverse as Before Sunrise, or even Casablanca you'll certainly not want to miss Conte D'Hiver/A Winter's Tale. Without a moment's hesitation, I give it 9/10. And so should you! Please watch it & see why...

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