A Heart in Winter

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A Heart in Winter (Un coeur en hiver)
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Directed by Claude Sautet
Produced by Philippe Carcassonne
Written by Claude Sautet
Jacques Fieschi
Starring Emmanuelle Béart
Daniel Auteuil
Music by Maurice Ravel
Cinematography Yves Angelo
Edited by Jacqueline Thiédot
Distributed by Koch-Lorber Films
Release dates
2 September 1992 (France)
June 4, 1993 (USA)
Running time
105 min.
Country France
Language French

A Heart in Winter (fr. Un cœur en hiver) is a French film which was released in 1992. It was directed by Claude Sautet, stars Emmanuelle Béart, Daniel Auteuil and André Dussollier, and is distributed by Koch-Lorber Films. It entered the competition at the 49th Venice International Film Festival.[1]


Made in 1992, Un Coeur En Hiver was French writer/director Claude Sautet's first feature film in four years. In his own simple, unadorned fashion, Sautet weaves a compelling yarn about the tragic consequences of misguided love. Daniel Auteuil plays a lonely violin restorer Stephane who falls hard for gorgeous concert violinist Camille. Alas, she is the beloved of Stephane's married partner Maxime. In his efforts to win Camille away from his partner, Stephane stumbles down the road to disaster. Counterpointing the passions spent in Un Coeur En Hiver are the exquisite chamber compositions of Ravel.



An important part of the film is the use of chamber music by Maurice Ravel, played by Jean-Jacques Kantorow (violin), Howard Shelley (piano) and Keith Harveyr (cello). New Zealand musician Jeffrey Grice appears in the film in the role of the pianist.[2]

The film contains only excerpts of Ravel compositions, but the soundtrack album includes them in their entirety, performed by Jean-Jacques Kantorow (violin), Philippe Muller (cello) and Jacques Rouvier (piano). A fourth Ravel composition not excerpted in the film, Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Faure, is on the soundtrack album. The film helped further popularise especially Ravel's Piano Trio.

Production notes[edit]

Béart and Auteuil were in a relationship during the making of this film.

Lermontov Reference[edit]

Claude Sautet based this film on his memories of reading Lermontov's "Princess Mary".


  1. ^ "Venezia, Libertà Per Gli Autori". La Repubblica. July 31, 1992. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Jeffrey Grice-Composer". Composition Today. Retrieved November 22, 2010. 

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