- 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
- Studio: Tartan Video
- DVD Release Date: 9 April 2007
- Run Time: 100 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000NDETJC
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,535 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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A Woman in Winter 
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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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. Suffice it to say, none of these abstract shots or editing techniques adds to the film and often prove detrimental.
This is purely arthouse cinema, an entirely auteuristic vision offering very little for the average mainstream viewer. On DVD, interest is bolstered by the addition of a director's commentary. Those who know Jobson will be well aware of how he is never less than enjoyable to listen to, and his commentary is both insightful and entertaining. A making of documentary also caters for those looking to make sense of the film. A Woman in Winter is not without flaws, and the overlong exposition could scare many off, but it's admirable for its ambitions and the single-mindedness and narcissism of its creator.
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