Heart In Wınter, A

Stephane... music is his passion. Despite his talent, he is a man who has chosen to consume rather than to produce, for he is a man who listens, instead of composing or performing. He has a rather indifferent expression, ears that can detect a single well-played note in a cacophony and eyes that can instantly tell which is the most beatiful face amidst the wearing plasticity called life. Maxime... Stephane's partner and his opposite both in terms of character and formation. A smiling, always presentable individual. Camille Kessler... Maxime's lover who can compete with Ravel's music in terms of beauty, his muse for whom he left his wife. While Maxime is highly involved with Camille, Camille falls for Stephane. Stephane, unaware of this essential feeling, seems to have left his heart in winter! A Heart in Winter is a classic ménage à trois, shaken exceptionally well by the French talent for stories of adulthood, and uniquely stirred by a director who has created one of the most captivating texts ever written about us little humans. It's a tale that tells about loneliness that would make Schopenhauer jealous, a timidity vis-à-vis consciousness, a will for power. It tells this tale mostly through Stephane, whose reactions are -so to speak, lack of love and emotion. He rejects the love of Camille, who might be the most adorable woman he shall ever encounter. He prefers the safety of painlessness instead of pursuing happiness, which after all might not exist. He finds solace in music. He comes up naturally with all those anti-gestures that us humans secretly envy. He reminds us what a tough job it is to be a mortal and makes prayer beads out of the pain we can not swallow. Sautet's film is a one of a kind tour de force in which every member of the leading cast achieve the performance of their life, and its screenplay should be required reading in lessons of life. It is also a 'musical' that uses music itself as a character with exceptional skill and would be

Claude Sautet

Claude Sautet
Jaques Pieschi
Jérôme Tonnere

Yves Angelo

Jacqueline Theidot

Film Par Film

André Dussolier
Brigitte Catillon
Daniel Auteuil
Elisabeth Bourgine
Emmanuel Béart
Maurice Garrel
Myriam Boyer

Maurice Ravel

Best Director
Best Foreign Actress
Best Foreign Film David di Donatello Awards; Best Actor European Film Award; Best Film French Syndicate of Cinema Critics; Best Foreign Language Film London Critics Awards ; Academy Award National Aca
Best Supporting Actor Cesar; Best Foreign Film BAFTA; Best Actor Felix; Best Foreign Actor
FIPRESCI Award Venice; Best Director
Silver Lion

8th Festival on Wheels