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A Woman in Winter [DVD] [2007]

Jason Flemyng , Julie Gayet    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jason Flemyng, Julie Gayet, Brian Cox, Jamie Sives
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: 9 April 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,962 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Gothic ghost story set against the gloomy backdrop of Edinburgh's spires and closes. Michael (Jamie Sives) is a young astronomer heavily involved in experiments to break down the barriers between space and time. A chance encounter with a pretty young French photographer, Caroline (Julie Gayet), develops into an obsessive love affair. Michael, though the claustrophobic nature of his work, has lost touch with reality and his mental state begins to crumble. He is soon locked in a mental struggle to discover whether he is actually a ghost or whether it is Caoline who has already passed to another dimension.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Reaches for the stars 2 May 2007
When you approach an independent film set in Edinburgh, you're probably expecting gritty social realism, especially when it's helmed by former punk rocker Richard Jobson. But in A Woman in Winter you'd be forgiven for thinking the setting is Paris. The romantic, elegant side of Scotland's capital, often ignored in film, is captured beautifully by Jobson. The streets and locales of this Edinburgh are also depicted as a depopulated (if only that were true to life) and almost otherworldly space, which is apt as the film sets its sights on issues far beyond the stars.

The narrative is a fusion of science fiction, romance and ghost story. You will be pleased to learn that the romantic aspect is not a cliched gratuitous plot device for the characters, it is integral to the tale. Michael is an astrophysicist who falls in love with the mysterious Caroline and their relationship begins to resonate with the time travel theory he is working on. The true meaning of the narrative and the characters is pointedly ambiguous and left to the discretion of the viewer. Like any science fiction film worth its salt, there are multiple conclusions to arrive at, and none is hinted at as being the stronger by the director.

As well as his background in music, Jobson has also made a living as a film critic, and his experience shows. For the most part he makes the most of his tiny budget, and the film generally looks and sounds impressive. However, some of the techniques employed are ill-judged and give the impression of a director experimenting for the sake of experimentation. It's often intrusive, unnecessary and is reminiscent of television productions. Jobson approaches filmmaking with all the wonder of a film student playing with all these new tools at his disposal.
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2.0 out of 5 stars DREARY NOT DREAMY 2 Dec 2013
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I hoped this would be a great watch, since the subject and location promise a lot. However, the acting and direction is flat and the film is not engaging at all - I can't even recall how it ended but I won't be watching a second time to find out.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 28 Jan 2010
After his extremely good debut "16 years of alcohol" Richard Jobson's follow up is pretty disappointing. Where "16 years" was compelling and thoughtful its successor is pretentious and David Lynch-like at times. There is no real pace to the film which gives it a certain plodding quality while the dialogue is flat and predictable. I have seen worse films but whereas I would watch "16 years" again one viewing of "Woman in Winter" will be enough.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of everyone time 14 Nov 2007
I got this film , expecting an interesting story and some good acting, but got none of it. The story is lame and the acting is poor. Nothing much to add to this. Dont bother renting it out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An abolutely must-see movie, for anyone who enjoys European cinematography. 4 Dec 2009
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This is a very interesting movie, that reminds rather of Andrei Tarkovsky's "Mirror". Visually rich, incredibly shot, very interesting, dynamic plot.The movie for a change is not just brilliantly shot (like most of what has been seen lately) but has a real substance and philosophical depth to it. I am both excited to write about this masterpiece as well as sad that no none else has done this. At any rate, this movie has to be seen (preferable more than once)as someone said before "to write about music is the same as to dance about architecture" the same would apply here. Enjoy this masterpiece, I hope to see more works from this highly talented director!
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