BEFORE THE WINTER CHILL  / AVANT L’HIVER

2015 ARCHIVE

Director: Philippe Claudel
Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Kristin Scott Thomas, Leïla Bekhti, Richard Berry
Country: France
Year: 2013
Genre: Drama
Duration:  102 minutes
Rating: M – offensive language

“Loyalists appreciative of the fine points of aromatic French cinema will savor its qualities.”

Hollywood Reporter

 

Synopsis

Fans of the 2008 art-house thriller I’ve Loved You So Long are in for a treat with its director, Philippe Claudel, and its Oscar-nominated lead actress Kristin Scott Thomas reuniting for the suspenseful drama, Before the Winter Chill.

Scott Thomas plays the role of Lucie, the wife of a brilliant neurosurgeon (Jean de Florette’s Daniel Auteuil), who is suffering from a late-career crisis due to the advances of a mysterious young woman (Leïla Bekhti). As the once-perfect marriage begins to unravel, suspicion and paranoia overtake everyone and long-buried truths are finally revealed.

French cinema favourites Auteuil and Scott Thomas are superb as the wealthy and seemingly happy couple with a sea of raw nerves kept just below the surface. Just as brilliant is the rising star Bekhti, best known for A Prophet and her César Award-winning performance in All That Glitters.

This is a handsomely made and thought-provoking drama-thriller, with a tightly plotted story, brilliantly drawn characters, slow-burning intrigue and a delicate touch of melancholy.

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AUCKLAND – RIALTO
Sun 22 Feb 7:45 PM
Thu 26 Feb 6:30 PM
Sat 28 Feb 12:10 PM

AUCKLAND – TAKAPUNA
Thu 5 Mar 6:15 PM
Fri 6 Mar 4:30 PM

CHRISTCHURCH
Mon 2 Mar 4:30 PM
Thu 5 Mar 8:30 PM
Mon 9 Mar 2:00 PM

NELSON
Thu 5 Mar 4:00 PM

WELLINGTON
Wed 25 Mar 8:30 PM D (Extra seats now on sale)
Fri 27 Mar 10:30 PM D

TAURANGA
Mon 16 Mar 8:30 PM

DUNEDIN
Sat 21 Mar 4:40 PM

ARROWTOWN
Tue 31 Mar 6:00 PM

PALMERSTON NORTH
Sat 11 Apr 2:30 PM

HAMILTON
Mon 27 Apr 8:30 PM

D Deluxe Theatre

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