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.