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46 Ratings

2 Autumns, 3 Winters

2 automnes, 3 hivers

Directed by Sébastien Betbeder
France, 2013


Three friends and two catastrophes collide in this playful, stylish outing from one of the vanguard of fresh new Gallic filmmaking.

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2 Autumns, 3 Winters Directed by Sébastien Betbeder
Betbeder shot it in the squarish Academy ratio, alternating between high-def video and 16mm, and even these technical choices feel like the experimentation of a neophyte (though Betbeder is almost 40) who’s eager to find out just what he can do. Right now, he’s still working out the bugs in his sensibility, but that process itself has rewards for adventurous viewers, and it may lead to some impressive bragging rights in years to come.
June 04, 2014
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…2 Autumns, 3 Winters extends tremendous compassion to all of its characters, gently exploring their hopes and anxieties as they try to settle into adulthood. As a portrait of male friendship, Betbeder’s film touchingly shows just how moved Arman or Benjamin can be by the other’s kindness and concern — a deep love born of sharing passions for the past several years. They’ve forged a bond growing up together, one that may be further strengthened by growing older.
June 04, 2014
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Betbeder’s style of deft emotional impressionism has a delicacy and freshness that stave off easy absurdism—even the bizarre detail of Benjamin’s telepathic sister is folded into the story in a matter-of-fact way. Betbeder joins the ever-lengthening lineage of the New Wave but his portrayal is thoroughly contemporary, with an appealing open-mindness and nimble sense of humor and sensitivity appreciable on its own terms.
May 07, 2014
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