Before the Winter Chill
Before the Winter Chill (2014)

BEFORE THE WINTER CHILL reunites Kristin Scott Thomas with BAFTA Award Winning I LOVED YOU SO LONG director Philippe Claudel. The film tells the story of a man in the autumn of his life, torn between a loving wife and his dangerous… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 8, 2014
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Aine O'Connor
Irish Independent

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.

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Trevor Johnston
Radio Times

Another middle-class, midlife crisis unfolds here in the way French cinema does so well.

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Peter Bradshaw

The all-important chill is tepid.

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Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]

With its chilly visual sheen and sharp bourgeois satire, this handsomely mounted and consistently well-played yarn offers disposable pleasures and rewarding intrigue.

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Rich Cline

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.

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Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies

There's truth in the central relationship metaphor of looking after the family garden "before the winter chill", but it's scant cinematic recompense for the weed patch where events culminate.

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Geoffrey Macnab

Auteuil, looking jowly and weatherbeaten, brings bafflement and pathos to his role as the man suddenly consumed by self-loathing.

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Donald Clarke
Irish Times

A final ludicrous reveal drags us from high-end art cinema to the world of Midsomer Murders. Classy, for all that.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

A French drama of pedigree, class, polish and complete irrelevance.

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