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 9, 2014
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter

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.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

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.

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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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Jorge Ayala Blanco
El Financiero

An intriguing thriller based on melancholy, mystery, vagueness, ambiguity and perfectionism. [full review in Spanish]

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Liz Beardsworth
Empire Magazine

An affecting midlife mood piece.

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Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)

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

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Jasper Rees
The Arts Desk

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.

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Aine O'Connor
Sunday Independent (Ireland)

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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