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One Long Winter Without Fire (Tout Un Hiver Sans Feu)

An intimate and subtle portrayal of a relationship, framed against the backdrop of the Swiss Jura mountains. Jean and Laure are haunted by the tragic loss of their daughter in a terrible barn fire, th...

An intimate and subtle portrayal of a relationship, framed against the backdrop of the Swiss Jura mountains.

Jean and Laure are haunted by the tragic loss of their daughter in a terrible barn fire, three years earlier. But while Jean appears, outwardly, to be coping, his wife Laure cannot endure the hardships of reality and is sent to a clinic to recover.

While she is away, Jean takes a job in a foundry, spending his days confronting the very element that robbed him of his daughter. But from the constant reminder of his loss comes hope, for in the foundry Jean meets a young Kosovar woman who understands his grief.  Labinota, having fled the horrors of her homeland, still nurses the belief that her husband, who has been missing for six years, will someday return. Jean, struck by Labinota’s refusal to mourn, slowly begins to live, and love, again— but is there still a place for Laure in his life?

Shot with a soft, muted pallet of greys and white, it is the subtly emotive acting in One Long Winter Without Fire (Tout Un Hiver Sans Feu) that illuminates the characters’ hidden, yet turbulent emotional lives.   

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