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Before the Winter Chill
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 attraction for a troubled, mysterious young woman. (c) Metrodome
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Aine O'Connor, Irish Independent
"Another middle-class, midlife crisis unfolds here in the way French cinema does so well."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Radio Times
"The all-important chill is tepid."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Elegant if frosty, and just a touch too long in the tooth."
‑ Matt Glasby, Total Film
"With its chilly visual sheen and sharp bourgeois satire, this handsomely mounted and consistently well-played yarn offers disposable pleasures and rewarding intrigue."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"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."
‑ Rich Cline,
"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."
‑ Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies
"Slow to ignite, but watchable if you are intrigued by elegant French living, menopausal men or arguing about denouements all the way home."
‑ Siobhan Synnot, Scotsman
"Auteuil, looking jowly and weatherbeaten, brings bafflement and pathos to his role as the man suddenly consumed by self-loathing."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"A final ludicrous reveal drags us from high-end art cinema to the world of Midsomer Murders. Classy, for all that."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"A French drama of pedigree, class, polish and complete irrelevance."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Before the Winter Chill is a rather odd film: excellent performances, a convincing milieu, and then a final twist that seems so improbable that all Claudel's careful work seems undone."
‑ Eddie Harrison, The List
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