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Before the Winter Chill (Avant l'hiver)

Before the Winter Chill (Avant l'hiver)
  • 2013
  • France/Luxembourg
  • 103 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Philippe Claudel
  • Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Kristin Scott Thomas, Leïla Bekhti
  • UK release: 9 May 2014

Lucie (Scott Thomas) is a bored, middle-class French housewife whose affluent surgeon husband Paul (Auteuil) seems to be being stalked by a young woman (Bekhti) who claims that he saved her life. Despite excellent performances and a convincing milieu, a bizarre and improbable twist in the plot undoes much of Claudel's careful work.

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Before the Winter Chill

21 Apr 20142 stars

Kristin Scott Thomas in domestic drama which awkwardly meshes family crisis with thriller elements

Writer/director Philippe Claudel enjoyed a successful collaboration with Kristin Scott Thomas in I've Loved You So Long, and they re-team for this domestic drama, in which a family crisis is somewhat awkwardly meshed with thriller elements. Scott Thomas…

Before the Winter Chill

28 Feb 20142 stars

Discordant drama/thriller from Philippe Claudel, Starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Daniel Auteuil

Writer/director Philippe Claudel enjoyed a successful collaboration with Kristin Scott Thomas in I've Loved You So Long, and they re-team for this domestic drama, in which a family crisis is somewhat awkwardly meshed with thriller elements. In an…

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