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
Claude Sautet (scenario and dialogue)
Jacques Fieschi (scenario and dialogue)
Jérôme Tonnerre (scenario collaborator)
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
Stanislas Carré de Malberg Brice
Dominique De Williencourt
János Lengyel Oguz
Jean-Luc Bideau Ostende
Maurice Garrel Lachaume