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Un Coeur En Hiver (A Heart In Winter)

Release Date: 11/07/2006 
Label:  Koch Lorber Films   Catalog #: 3086  
Composer:  Maurice Ravel

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Daniel Auteuil (Manon of the Spring) stars as Stephane, the curiously diffident co-owner of an exclusive violin brokerage and repair shop. A brilliant technician, Stephane can make any instrument live up to its promise, yet he himself is emotionally remote and disconnected from passionate experience. His partner, Maxime (André Dussollier), lacks Stephane's gifts but is rich in personality and desire. When Maxime's new lover, a violinist named Camille (Emmanuelle Béart), is drawn to Stephane's still waters, he is briefly moved, thus destroying the fragile, symbiotic relationship between all three individuals.

Director: Claude Sautet
Starring: Emmanuelle Beart, Daniel Auteuil, André Dussollier,
Read more Elizabeth Bourgine, Myriam Boyer, Brigitte Catillon, Maurice Garrel

Color: Color
Language: French
Subtitles: English
Aspect Ratio: 1.66 widescreen

Special Features: Original French Trailer; Interview with director Claude Sautet; Excerpt from Claude Sautet Documentary

"'A Heart in Winter' isn't just a stroll through the gardens of high culture; it's a deceptively complex picture full of unexpected beauty, richness and feeling. . . . [A]n expertly modulated piece of music in a minor key -- haunting and passionately understated and, surprisingly, resilient in the mind." -- Washington Post

"Intensely enjoyable . . . . Director Claude Sautet handles this material with great subtlely and is extremely well served by his actors who all give exceptional performances. The picture unfolds against a background of achingly beautiful music (Maurice Ravel, used under the direction of Philippe Sarde), and Beart convincingly acquits herself on the violin." -- Variety

"Like the fragile violins that Stephane (the protagonist) repairs, the movie is delicate and beautifully crafted. It is also an uncompromisingly sophisticated work that never condescends to its audience." -- Boston Review
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Works on This Recording

Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A minor by Maurice Ravel
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 

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