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This 1985 film, based on an autobiographical novel by poet Walt Curtis, is mostly in black & white and was shot in 16 mm. The film tells the story of a homosexual store clerk and his relationship with two younger Mexican boys. A complex study of race, sexuality, class and relationships, this gritty, no-frills film established Sant as a powerful voice in the American film firmament. It is a film that shows an American different than what the Hollywood studio films show us day in and day out.

A subtle romance
Directed by Claude Sautet,  A Heart in Winter (Un Coeur En Hiver) is a delicate love triangle with music as a strong leitmotif. A take on fragility of relationships, the story takes one into the lives of talented violinist Camille, her boyfriend, the extrovert Maxime, and his partner, the introvert Stephane, in a violin repairing business. Stephane’s rejection of Camille’s overtures leads to a situation in which the relationship among the three goes for a spin. Sautet’s characters manipulate one another’s emotions, and as the story progresses, the music assumes a character of its own. Considered by many as Sautet’s best film, it won the Silver Lion Award at the 1993 Venice Film Festival. A subtle film with exceptional performances by Daniel Auteuil, Emamanuelle Beart and Andre Dussollier.

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