Un Coeur en Hiver ( A Heart in Winter )
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"Two Thumbs Up!" Siskel & Ebert
"[it] has the intensity and delicacy of a great short story." Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"superb haunting...full of unexpected beauty, richness and feeling" Hal Hinson, Washington Post
WINNER César Award, Best Director
WINNER César Award, Best Supporting Actor
WINNER Venice Film Festival, FIPRESCI Prize
WINNER Venice Film Festival, Silver Lion
WINNER London Critics Circle Film Awards, Foreign Language Film of the Year
WINNER European Film Awards, Best Actor
WINNER David di Donatello Award, Best Foreign Actor, Best Foreign Actress
WINNER David di Donatello Award, Best Foreign Film
WINNER French Syndicate of Cinema Critics, Best Film
- In French with optional English subtitles
- Newly restored HD transfer supervised by the film's director of photography, Yves Angelo
- Four page booklet with essay by film critic Michel Boujut
- Interview with the director
- French TV appearances by director Claude Sautet and Andre Dussolier
- Excerpt from the documentary Claude Sautet ou la Magie Invisible
- Original French theatrical trailer
Top Customer Reviews
Stephane is partnered with Maxime (Andre Dussollier) in a thriving business. Maxime is everything that Stephane is not: gregarious, confident, extroverted. Together they form a successful team. Maxime brings in the clients and Stephane does the work. They both are quite happy.
One day Maxime introduces Stephane to his new love, Camille (Emmanuel Beart), a beautiful violinist. He is cold to her at first, but the music she makes gradually stirs something in him. She in turns responds to him. She can sense that he has the heart of a musician, but something is wrong. Something is keeping him from opening his heart to anyone else. That something is music. Stephane is surrounded constantly by beautiful music, but none of it emanates from him.
We come to realize why Stephane, once a promising musician, gave up music. The sounds his fingers made could never equal the music he heard in his soul so he quit. Rather than risk the pain of further disappointment in life, he chose instead to feel nothing at all. If that meant forgoing love, it was a price that he had to pay.
Camille eventually confesses to Maxime that she is in love with his partner. Maxime is hurt, but what can he do? She goes to Stephane. We can see that he probably loves her as well, but still he refuses her. He will not allow her into his heart. She is hurt by this, but she has her music and Maxime and, perhaps, that is enough. She is too proud to play the woman scorned.Read more ›
The movie is about two men who own a violin shop and they both fall in love with a beautiful soloist who becomes their client, her violin is a wonderful sounding Vulliame with an incredible tone. There are wonderful performances of Ravel's trio and sonatas throughout the movie.
The movie makes a profound statement about violin making, musical interpretation, the awkwardness and inconvenience of true love, jealousy, death, inner feelings that are rarely spoken, how friendship can change over a woman, and how a man's heart has become frozen from a life of romantic solitude.
What I found most interesting about the plot is that we do not know if Camille and Stephen will eventually become lovers, he say he will attend her next recital in Paris and she drives away with Maxim looking at him with adoring eyes. Paris is like New York, you have to be big to play there so apparently by this time Camille has become popular. One thing we do know is that Stephen does have a life and says he is not worthless because of his abilities as a violin luthier. In the end, Stephan is left with his violins: woman or no woman we never know if he will be forever trapped in his frozen world...
Fans of "The Red Violin" will love this movie but I would recommend this to anyone who loves romance and violin performance, essential viewing and not to be missed.
There are two sets of masters and their apprentices in the film. Maxime (Andre Dussollier) and his business partner Stephane (Daniel Auteuil). Together, they own a shop where the reticent Stephane builds and fixes violins with great precision, and Maxime handles the business and social side of things. Then there is Camille (Emanuelle Beart) and her agent Regine (Brigitte Cattilon). Both Camille and Stephane appear frigid at first, they channel all their energy into their work, while the others live their lives for them. It is a convenient way of life for Stephane, the Heart in Winter of the title. But Camille is still open, still warm enough to seek love. So when Maxime introduces Camille as his lover, there is visible hurt on Stephane's face. At first it seems that he is jealous of her, or him, but then I realised that he was jealous of their readiness to, and faith in love.Read more ›
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I bought this for a friend, who said she hadn't seen this for years, but remembers loving it. I found it for her on amazon and ordered it. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Nelly Y Mr. Arnaud came in the PAL System, and I cannot see it! Can you provide a N system from America?
Daniel Auteuil and Emmanuelle Beart were married in real life when they made this film. This film has Beart as a violinist and Auteuil as a repairer of violins. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Paul Kao
This is a good product. The description was accurate. It works as expected. I like it a lot. Thank you!Published on February 6, 2014 by Jim
Would have to significantly improve to be bad. What happened since "Manon des Sources"? These two were at ods in life, they certainly are here on camera.Published on December 17, 2013 by JC
The majority of reviewers are surely right to praise this film very highly; it is really very subtle, and can be returned to with renewed pleasure. Read morePublished on November 5, 2013 by schumann_bg
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