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Before the Winter Chill (2013)

Avant l'hiver (original title)
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

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 »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg, Luxembourg See more »

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$3,526,099
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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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upper-middle class ennui....
20 June 2016 | by eduardo10075See all my reviews

This film has many fine elements, but suffers from the same ennui as the couple it portrays. I picked this up at my library, and knew immediately I had seen it before, but couldn't remember the end, and had to ride the "fast forward" to get through it! It didn't get better with a second viewing! A bored neurosurgeon "hits a rough patch" with his trophy wife, who sublimates her loneliness with her trophy home and garden! It reminds me of a flaccid remake of Haneke's "Cache", with Auteuil reprising his role as the stone-walling husband, who is smitten by a young Moroccan woman, who may be stalking him with roses instead of surveillance! Kristin Scott Thomas plays the long-suffering wife, instead of Juliette Binoche.

The film also has a couple of disparate elements that could easily have been cut, mainly Lucie's psychotic sister, and a Polish patient's Holocast survival story.

This is a fine distraction, if you have nothing else to watch!


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