A Heart in Winter
|A Heart in Winter (Un coeur en hiver)|
|Directed by||Claude Sautet|
|Produced by||Philippe Carcassonne|
|Written by||Claude Sautet
|Music by||Maurice Ravel|
|Edited by||Jacqueline Thiédot|
|Distributed by||Koch-Lorber Films|
|2 September 1992 (France)
June 4, 1993 (USA)
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.
Made in 1992, Un Coeur En Hiver was French writer/director Claude Sautet's first feature film in four years. Daniel Auteuil plays lonely violin restorer Stephane, who is commissioned to produce an instrument for concert violinist Camille, who is the girlfriend of his married partner Maxime. Camille falls in love with Stephane, and leaves Maxime for him, only to find that he does not seem to return her feelings. The two men fight over her, but Camille eventually regains her composure.
- Emmanuelle Béart - Camille
- Daniel Auteuil - Stéphane
- André Dussollier - Maxime
- Élizabeth Bourgine - Hélène
- Brigitte Catillon - Regine
- Myriam Boyer - Mme. Amet
- Maurice Garrel - Ostende
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.
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.
Béart and Auteuil were in a relationship during the making of this film.
Claude Sautet based this film on his memories of reading Lermontov's "Princess Mary".
- A Heart in Winter at the Internet Movie Database
- Un Coeur en Hiver at AllMovie
- Un Coeur En Hiver (A Heart in Winter) at Rotten Tomatoes
- A Heart in Winter Philosophical Films
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