Yes, it's another doomed love-triangle flick from a French director. Yawn. Actually, though, this 1991 classic from the late Claude Sautet is a probing, cool-but-sensual affair, centred on two men working in a violin repair shop and Camille (Emmanuelle Béart), a concert violinist. She begins an affair with the outgoing Maxime (André Dussollier), then slowly, surely, falls obsessively for the strong, silent one, Stéphane (Daniel Auteuil).
The flipside of most Hollywood romances, Un Coeur En Hiver (A Heart In Winter) deals with the impossibility of love: Stéphane and Camille clearly shouldn't be together, she having the ability to love, he being... Well, a heart in winter. It's a deceptively simple film, then, packed with controlled power games and subtly conveyed emotional turmoil.