Before the Winter Chill

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Before the Winter Chill
Directed byPhilippe Claudel
StarringDaniel Auteuil
Kristin Scott Thomas
Leïla Bekhti
Richard Berry
Release date
  • 30 August 2013 (2013-08-30) (TFF)
Running time
103 minutes
Budget$8 million
Box office$2.6 million[1]

Before the Winter Chill (French: Avant l'hiver) is a 2013 French drama film directed by Philippe Claudel.


Philippe Claudel and Kristin Scott Thomas reunite in this subtle story of a man thrust into a mid-life crisis by a chance meeting. He is torn between a loving wife and his dangerous attraction for a troubled, mysterious young woman. Paul has never questioned his choices. Married right out of med school to the stunning Lucie, who set aside her own career to accommodate his brilliant one as a brain surgeon, he has been faithful, has earned the respect of his peers, raised a son and built a lovely home. Life is good. But now, at this point in his life, something might threaten all that. It starts after his meeting with young and mysterious Lou who keeps turning up in his life. When roses are delivered daily at his office and home, Paul presumes Lou is stalking him, yet he can't resist the lure of an ambiguous and dangerous relationship with her. Fascinated by her emotional frailty, her mystery and grace, Paul fails to see that he might be the target of a sinister plot, something dark and twisted that could threaten everything he's built and everyone he loves. In the end he discovers that everything she has told him about herself is a lie and we are left with the picture of a man struggling to return to the quiet and boring life he lived before he met Lou.

The film received a 71% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 17 reviews with an average rating of 5.7/10.[2]


Avant l'hiver premiere in Paris


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  2. ^ Before the Winter Chill, retrieved 2018-05-31

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