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Winter’s Child

Olivier Assayas
L’enfant de l’hiver
France 1989 / 84’
subtitles: Polish and English
Disorder Paris Awakens

Bergmanesque in spirit and temperature, Assayas’s melodrama is the second part of an informal trilogy flanked by his debut film, Disorder and Paris Awakens. These monochromatic films focus on the theme of coming of age as a rite of passage. In Winter's Child, we see this in the process of becoming a father and abandoning the role of son. Entangled in a love quadrangle, the protagonists—egocentric and blind to reality—are tossed around on a wave of extreme emotions. A beginning architect named Stephane abandons Nathalie, who is pregnant, for a set designer named Sabine. The latter, however, is entangled in a toxic, erotic relationship with a certain actor. While Stephane follows Sabine on the road with her theater troupe, Nathalie attempts suicide. The violent emotions are cooled in Winter's Child by artistic formalism. Focused on faces and building around the characters a tightly wound world resembling a prison or a trap, Assayas’s film is primarily about actors. But the lesson from Bergman that he studies in the film is about more than his style of working with the cast: What I learned from Bergman,” he says in a conversation with The Guardian, “is that you can explore human relationships with a certain level of brutality and crudity as long as you love your characters.

Małgorzata Sadowska


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Olivier Assayas

Born in Paris in 1955, Olivier Assayas is the son of screenwriter Jacques Rémy (whose real name was Raymond Assayas). It was at his father’s side that Olivier took his first steps in the industry while still a teenager. He began making his first short amateur films a little while later. At the same time, he launched his career as a film critic, writing for the famous Cahiers du cinéma. He made his full-length debut with Disorder in 1986. Since then, he has made a number of films that have ensured him a position as one of the most important directors in European cinema. His most acclaimed works include Irma Vep, Something in the Air (an award winner for best screenplay at the Venice Festival) and Clouds of Sils Maria.

Selected filmography

1986 Bezład / Désordre / Disorder

1989 Zimowe dziecko / L’enfant de l’hiver / Winter’s Child

1991 Paryż się budzi / Paris s’éveille / Paris Awakens

1993 Nowe życie / Une nouvelle vie / A New Life

1994 Zimna woda / L’eau froide / Cold Water

1996 Irma Vep

1998 Koniec sierpnia, początek września / Fin août, début septembre / Late August, Early September

2000 Ścieżki uczuć / Les destinées sentimentales / Sentimental Destinies

2002 Demonlover

2004 Czysta / Clean

2007 Przejście / Boarding Gate

2008 Pewnego lata / L’heure d’été / Summer Hours

2010 Carlos (TV series)

2012 Po maju / Après mai / Something in the Air

2014 Sils Maria / Clouds of Sils Maria 

2016 Personal Shopper

2018 Doubles vies / Non-Fiction

Cast & Crew

director Olivier Assayas
screenplay Olivier Assayas
cinematography Denis Lenoir, Jean-Jacques Mréjen
editing Luc Barnier
music Jorge Arriagada
cast Clotilde de Bayser, Michel Feller, Marie Matheron
producer Paulo Branco, Jean-Claude Fleury
production Gemini Films, G.P.F.I., Investimage, Centre National de la Cinématographie
sales MK2
language French
colouration colour