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Un Coeur En Hiver [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Daniel Auteuil , Emmanuelle Béart , Claude Sautet    DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Daniel Auteuil, Emmanuelle Béart, André Dussollier, Élisabeth Bourgine, Brigitte Catillon
  • Directors: Claude Sautet
  • Writers: Claude Sautet, Jacques Fieschi, Jérôme Tonnerre, Yves Ulmann
  • Producers: Jean-Louis Livi, Philippe Carcassonne, Raphaël Berdugo
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Koch Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Nov 2006
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,244 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Beautiful violin virtuoso Camille has two obsessions: the music of Ravel, and a friend of her husband's who crafts violins. But his heart seems to be as cold as her playing is passionate.

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90 of 92 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane TOP 100 REVIEWER
This is a quiet, very French film about a subtle kind of unhappiness. Maxime and Stephane are violin restorers, working together at the highest level. Maxime plans to marry the almost impossibly beautiful Camille (Emmanuel Beart), a gifted young soloist beginning to make her way in the world of concerts and recordings. Then she is distracted by the strange magnetism of the younger Stephane (Daniel Auteuil) and becomes obsessed by him. But Stephane, though attracted to her, is unable to love her and tells her so. His is the 'coeur en hiver'. Many more things happen, and the film eventually ends with all the main protagonists on good terms, having come to understand each other better, but none fully happy. It's a curiously unmelodramatic, 'grown-up' sort of film, which avoids both the conventional happy and the obvious tragic ending, and I enjoyed it. The acting is first rate, and there has to be a special word for Beart who must mime very complex violin playing and does so with great skill (apart from also lighting up the screen every time she appears). The music - Ravel's Violin Sonata and Piano Trio - adds a good deal of atmosphere to the film and the scenes in the violin restorer's workshops are expertly handled ; it's a convincing film, an unusual one and an enjoyable one.
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
This film shows how love triangles and other complex relationships should be treated by film makers. Beart and Auteuil carry their parts to perfection, with many emotions and thoughts conveyed without any need for words. The Ravel music is ravishing. I've seen this film several times, and it still fascinates. The ending is especially poignant. The entire film is mature and completely lacking in superfluous sentimentality. It involves you, having no special tricks or film cliches to get in the way of the great acting and strong story.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a magnificent film about love and friendship 11 Sep 2005
By A Customer
All the actors in this film give performances of the highest standard.The interaction between Emmanuelle Beart,Daniel Auteuil and Andre Dussollier is electric and this is probably Beart's best ever cinematic performance.Beart has been in Hollywood blockbusters such as Mission Impossible where she seemed awkward and out of place but when you see her in Un Coeur En Hiver speaking her native tongue you will see that she is one of the finest actresses in the business.
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57 of 66 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do not adjust your television... 21 July 2003
This film is one of my all time favourites (hence the four stars) so when I heard about it coming out on DVD it became my most eagerly anticipated release... However the screenshots on the back cover look as if they were run off using the office photocopier - doesn't exactly fill you with confidence and with good reason. For the most part the picture is adequate but in occasional scenes reminds you of a colourised b&w film. The sound is good, the dialog is clear as are the subtitles - although I would like to know why there were spelling mistakes and some blindingly obvious typos - don't these people have a spell checker?
Don't get me wrong I loved watching this film again and maybe I'm a little over-sensitive about the picture but this really is a bargain-bucket DVD, (static menus, no extras) with an inflated price. It's still worth getting for the film alone - an anamorphic (though you wouldn't have thought so) widescreen presentation has got to be better than your VHS copy just be aware of what you're getting.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grown up film about grown up relationships 9 July 2008
This is a wonderful film that really tries to look at life in a grown up way. People don't fall into each others arms in real life - life is complicated and this film portrays the complications that can ensue among close aquaintances. You find yourself willing Stephane to melt and win/win back the girl - but life is not like that and it feels much more satisfying that he goes through this confusion, and struggles to label what he is feeling.
Daniel Auteuil is masterful in portraying the "coeur en hiver". He can demonstrate confused and repressed emotions with just a twitch of his eyebrow! Showing he clearly is one of the best actors of his generation - shame he is not recognised as such in the world outside of French cinema.I would reccommend seeing more of his films which demonstrate his range : Comedy: The Closet, Romance: Romauld et Juliette, Thriller: Hidden to name just a few.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars subtle and rewarding 1 April 2013
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
The majority of reviewers are surely right to praise this film very highly; it is really very subtle, and can be returned to with renewed pleasure. A couple of things strike me from my own left field perspective: first, it may well be that Daniel Auteuil's character is sexually ambiguous, and that this may account for his oddly withheld actions. There is one moment when his male assistant, Brice, leaves the workshop with a young woman who has come to meet him and there is something in Auteuil's glance at him that suggests a possible attraction. At the end of the film Brice is going to marry with Stephane as his best man, a role he seems happy to take on. Given the age difference, Brice's heterosexuality and Stephane's reserve, it seems very likely that if there were some sense of desire on his part it would go unmentioned, and may not even be something he thinks of in those terms. It's also intriguing for the way it mirrors the question mark over Ravel's own sexuality, about which nothing seems to be concretely known, but it's not hard to imagine that the composer of L'Heure Espagnole might have been gay. As if to play up the parallel Stephane collects mechanical toys exactly as Ravel did.

The film does present a sympathetic portrayal of a gay female character of a more overt type, possibly in counterpoint to this; Regine, Camille's agent, is in many ways the most levelheaded and considerate of the main characters. As another reviewer has pointed out, for all his warmth Maxime does leave his wife without too much concern, it seems, simply remarking that someone always suffers. The film seems to suggest, at the end, that nearly everyone suffers a bit, and that such is the nature of life - except Brice, perhaps, but we don't see much of him ... Another point of interest to me was to recognise this actor and only later to make a link with Au Revoir Les Enfants in which he plays the main character's older brother. It's a pity he hasn't been in more films, I think ...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars YET A FRENCH MASTERPIECE
Published 1 month ago by Norwegian
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See
I found the film entirely compelling from beginning to end. The marvellous Emmanuelle Beart convincing as the virtuoso violinist,and Daniel Auteuil as the remote violin maker. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Eva Lester
5.0 out of 5 stars A mastery of represed love
Brilliant performance from Daniel Auteuil and Emmanuelle Béart. A communion of two souls.
Superb music and craftsmanship of violin making.
Published 15 months ago by A Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars A Heart In Winter
Beautifully acted and directed French drama about an unconventional love triangle that develops between a violin maker and restorer (Daniel Auteuil), his business partner (Andre... Read more
Published 21 months ago by BoatDrinks
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I love French films with their focus on characterisation & philosophical questions & I love Daniel Auteuil but this film is one-dimensional & has three unappealing central... Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2010 by Darren Cook
4.0 out of 5 stars Tangled Up In Blue
A Heart In Winter looks as if it is going to be that all too popular French meme of forty-seven year-old intellectuals acting like they were seventeen; trim middle-aged Andre... Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2009 by Charles Vasey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great actors, great script, great film
Daniel Auteuil is the violin maker/restorer who locks himself away secure in the everyday routine of his existence trips to the same cafe, meeting the same people. Read more
Published on 16 July 2009 by K Holl
4.0 out of 5 stars Jangly, disjointed - but intriguing
Two middle aged men - Stephane and Maxime - work together restoring violins. The opening scene reveals exactly how close they are, how content - and how the reserved Stephane... Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2009 by Four Violets
4.0 out of 5 stars French film as you expect it
I enjoy Daniel Auteil's work, so I was drawn to this film. It's understated, rather dry and full of analytical speeches about feelings - Beart is beautiful and temperamental, just... Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2008 by William Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars heart melting
This a a beautiful, subtle film in which the unspoken burn with great passion, the three leads are totally convincing, and this to my mind is Emmanuelle Beart's best performance so... Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2008 by J. Siddique
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