A Tale of Winter

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Conte d'hiver
French poster
Directed byÉric Rohmer
Produced byMargaret Ménégoz
Written byÉric Rohmer
StarringCharlotte Véry
Frédéric van den Driessche
Michael Voletti
Hervé Furic
Ava Loraschi
Music bySébastien Erms
CinematographyLuc Pagès
Edited byMary Stephen
Release date
  • 29 January 1992 (1992-01-29) (France)
Running time
114 minutes
Box office$1.6 million[1]

A Tale of Winter (French: Conte d'hiver) is a 1992 French drama film directed by Éric Rohmer, and starring Charlotte Véry, Frédéric van den Driessche and Michael Voletti. It is the second of Rohmer's "Tales of the Four Seasons" (Contes des quatre saisons), which also include A Tale of Springtime (1990), A Summer's Tale (1996) and Autumn Tale (1998). The film was entered into the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival.[2][3]


During her summer holidays young Félicie falls in love with a handsome cook named Charles. He plans to leave for America at the end of the Summer. Félicie gives Charles her address hoping for further contact. Out of nervousness she makes a mistake in the address and consequently he fails to find her. Five years later Félicie is a single mother raising Charles' daughter. While still sustaining a strong hope that one day she'll meet Charles again, she carries on a somewhat normal day-to-day life. As Christmas comes and goes, she's having difficulty choosing between her two lovers... the hair dresser Maxence and the librarian Loic, both patiently waiting for her to commit. Eventually, as New Year's Eve approaches she decides that she can't be happy with either of them. At the end of the film Félicie's faith in providence is rewarded when she 'accidentally' finds Charles again and they are as passionately attracted as they were five years before. The film ends on a high note.... with the expectation that everyone will live happily ever after.



Review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes reports 94% approval among 18 critics, with an average rating of 8/10.[4] Film critic Roger Ebert added A Tale of Winter to his Great Movies series in 2001, writing, "What pervades Rohmer's work is a faith in love--or, if not love, then in the right people finding each other for the right reasons. There is sadness in his work but not gloom."[5]


  1. ^ http://www.jpbox-office.com/fichfilm.php?id=4873
  2. ^ "Berlinale: 1992 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2011-05-22.
  3. ^ "A Winter Tale". unifrance.org. Retrieved 2014-02-21.
  4. ^ "Conte d'hiver (A Tale of Winter) (1992)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  5. ^ "A Tale of Winter Movie Review (1992)". December 9, 2001. Retrieved March 12, 2016.

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