Passion without eroticism, melancholia without mawkishness, a love triangle with only two active participants--UN COEUR EN HIVER breaks the rules so tenderly and assuredly that the viewer, like its main character, sees no danger until it's too late.
Passive Stephane (Daniel Auteuil) is a master repairer/restorer of violins. His partner in business and society is Maxime (Andre Dussollier), an outgoing older man. Their relationship is so intimate and comfortable that one almost suspects the men might be the screen's most contented lovers,
until Maxime drops the bombshell that he's just left his unseen wife and children for their new client Camille (Emmanuelle Beart), a beautiful young violin virtuoso whom he plans to marry. Stephane responds to Camille's intrusion like a perfect gentleman, with only the faintest trace of reserve,
but she falls madly, perversely in love with him, even as she moves in with Maxime. How will this repressed triangle work itself out?
UN COEUR EN HIVER unfolds in the rarefied world of concert violinists, where director Claude Sautet (once a music critic) finds apt metaphors for Stephane's soulless civility: he can tune an instrument to perfect pitch, but gave up playing because there was no personality to his technique. A cool
and intelligent story of jealousy and obsession, Sautet's film leaves viewers puzzling to the last: does Stephane subtly, deliberately seduce Camille, or is he a bewildered victim of inescapable fate? Auteuil and Beart deliver fine, nuanced performances, and UN COEUR EN HIVER won Cesars (France's
Oscar) for Best Director and Best Supporting Actor (Andre Dussollier).
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- Released: 1992
- Rating: NR
- Review: Passion without eroticism, melancholia without mawkishness, a love triangle with only two active participants--UN COEUR EN HIVER breaks the rules so tenderly and assuredly that the viewer, like its main character, sees no danger until it's too late. Pass… (more)