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Stephane (Daniel Auteuil) is a violin maker - a genius at repairing damaged violins. He works with a friend, Maxime (Andre Dussollier), the front man for their business.

Maxime falls for a beautiful young violinist called Camille (Emmanuelle Beart). Et voila: a ready made love triangle. But Stephane is a recluse. He understands more about his craft than about relationships, and does not seem willing or able to reciprocate Camille's interest in him.

A reminder that love stories are not always as superficial as the ones you tend to find in Hollywood.

Auteuil's performance as Stephane is outstanding. Despite his coldness he is a sympathetic figure, but a very sad one, unable to engage with the world. At the end of the film he finally recognizes his plight.

An extremely sad film but very atmospheric and beautifully realised.

Don't expect too many shoot outs and car chases.

Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed by
Claude Sautet
Writing credits
Claude Sautet (scenario and dialogue)
Jacques Fieschi (scenario and dialogue)
Jérôme Tonnerre (scenario collaborator)
Produced by
Philippe Carcassonne (producer)
Gérard Gaultier (executive producer)
Jean-Louis Livi (producer)
Non-Original Music by Maurice Ravel
Cinematography by Yves Angelo

Daniel Auteuil — Stephane
Emmanuelle Béart — Camille
André Dussollier — Maxime
Élisabeth Bourgine — Helene
Brigitte Catillon — Regine
Myriam Boyer — Mme. Amet
Jean-Claude Bouillaud
Stanislas Carré de Malberg — Brice
Dominique De Williencourt
Jeffrey Grice
Luben Yordanoff
Nanou Garcia
François Domange
Van Doude
Jacques Villa
Galaxie Barbouth
Benoît Bellal
Pierre Cheremetieff
Severine Debels
Jean-Marie Fonbonne
János Lengyel Oguz
Anne Macina
Xavier Rothmann
Jean-Luc Bideau — Ostende
Maurice Garrel — Lachaume

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