Before The Winter Chill (Avant l’Hiver)

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(out of 5)


Brain surgeon  is beginning to zone out for periods of time, something not convenient to the job when he does it mid-operation, his feelings compounded by the strange onset of bouquets of roses being constantly delivered by an unknown sender.  His wife () waits for him at home and worries until she begins to think it’s possible he’s having an affair.  What should be a subtle, probing drama about the ordinary life of an extraordinary man is a shallow story whose gorgeous interior design and sharp, beautiful lighting do nothing for a plot that drags.  The efforts of a terrific cast are wasted on something totally lifeless.


Les films du 24, Samsa Film, France 3 Cinéma, TF1 Droits Audiovisuels, Canal+, Ciné+, France Télévisions, A Plus Image 4, Hoche Artois Images, Fonds National de Soutien à la Production Audiovisuelle du Luxembourg

France/Luxembourg, 2013

Directed by 

Screenplay by Philippe Claudel

Cinematography by 

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Film Editing by

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