Sautet's penultimate movie combines his profound affection for music and his observation of human nature, in one of his most mature, subtle and nuanced features. Partners in a highly regarded violin-making and repair shop, Stephane (Daniel Auteuil) and Maxime (Andre Dussolier), find themselves involved with the same young woman whose interest moves from the first, the more sophisticated and worldly of the two, to the second, more introverted and quiet one. While Maxime falls in love for a while with gifted violinist Camille (Emanuelle Beart), Stephane – whose only attachment is a platonic one with a male bookshop owner –displays a different kind of interest in her, both as a woman and musician. Camille gradually shifts her attention to him, but is confused by his cold, puzzling and irritating lack of response. Little by little, as they spend most of their time together playing music, this odd romantic triangle, co-existing for a while in apparent harmony, follows a collision course.
Screenung attended by the producer: Jean-Louis Livi
CLAUDE SAUTET – Trained as a painter and sculptor, later revealed himself as a music critic, before he graduated from the famous IDHEC film school in Paris. First known as a screenwriter and a script doctor that most French filmmakers would approach every time they needed help with their screenplays, he started his career as a director with several thrillers, before directing the richly complex “Les Choses De La Vie” (1970) featuring Michel Piccoli and Romy Schneider, two of the actors he was to include often in his subsequent films.He is considered one of the greatest French filmmakers of his time, with a predilection for dealing with the French middle class, displaying a rare understanding and perspicacity in the characters he put on screen. Among his best known films are “Vincent, Francois, Paul et Les Auters”, “Cesar et Rosalie”, “Un Coeur en Hiver” and “Nelly et Mr. Arnaud”, all of them included this year in Arava's tribute to his work.