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Director: Alain Resnais

Screenplay: Alan Ayckbourn, Jean-Michel Ribes

Cast:
Charlotte: Sabine Azéma
Dan: Lambert Wilson
Thierry: André Dussolier
Lionel: Pierre Arditi
Nicole : Laura Montante
Gaelle : Isabelle Carré

Awards:
Silver Lion Award and Pasinetti Award Prize (Laura Montante), Venice Film Festival (2006)

Running time: 120’
Production: France, Italie, 2006
Rating: Not Rated
Gauge: 35mm, Digibeta, DVD
Genre: Drame

Distributor: IFC FILMS

 




"Working within small studio spaces, Resnais, with ace director of photography Eric Gautier, emphasizes the theatrical origins of the piece, not only in the acting but lighting (on the strong side, adding to a flat feeling) and general staging. Gorgeous snowflakes are used in all but one scene change; a touching shot toward the end with Charlotte and Lionel clasping hands in the snow forms the most moving image".
Jay Weissberg, Variety.

A real estate agent, Thierry, lives with his younger sister Gaelle and searches desperately for love. Dan and Nicole are looking for a bigger apartment anticipating, maybe, a new arrival. Lionel is a barman who tries to mend his relationship with his sick (and nonetheless extremely mean) father. Charlotte has discovered Jesus. Everyone is trying to maintain his/her relationship without much success. Dan breaks up with Nicole and goes off with Gaelle; Charlotte becomes a night nurse to Lionel’s father and meets Thierry who falls in love with her. Snow is a leading element in the film. Representative of the director’s soft and subtle style, it is also to be considered as a blank, an empty space that insidiously confines each character to loneliness. As film critic André Bazin once explained, "the snow under its immaculate whiteness conceals heavy ambiguities, subtle metaphors."

 
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