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Elegantly cool rather than downright chilly, novelist-turned-filmmaker Philippe Claudel's third feature has a distinctly literary feel, as it plants its dramatic seeds very methodically before accelerating to a startling denouement.
An intriguing thriller based on melancholy, mystery, vagueness, ambiguity and perfectionism. [full review in Spanish]
It's only towards the end that you discover that Before the Winter Chill could have been a gripping thriller. Instead it's a mildly haunting disquisition on the peril of the midlife crisis.
You need to be patient with Before The Winter Chill. It is a gloomy, slow-burning film that adds insight and intrigue the way an artist brings texture and colour to a painting.
An affecting midlife mood piece.
All the performances are very good, I find Scott Thomas really watchable, but while everyone being a bit resigned might be reality for many, it isn't engaging.
With its chilly visual sheen and sharp bourgeois satire, this handsomely mounted and consistently well-played yarn offers disposable pleasures and rewarding intrigue.
Auteuil, looking jowly and weatherbeaten, brings bafflement and pathos to his role as the man suddenly consumed by self-loathing.
Another middle-class, midlife crisis unfolds here in the way French cinema does so well.
Reuniting with filmmaker Philippe Claudel (I've Loved You So Long), Kristin Scott Thomas delivers yet another brittle, understated performance as a woman who isn't always likeable but is hugely sympathetic.
A final ludicrous reveal drags us from high-end art cinema to the world of Midsomer Murders. Classy, for all that.
The all-important chill is tepid.
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