2 Autumns, 3 Winters

2 Autumns, 3 Winters
(2 automnes 3 hivers)
Directed by Sébastien Betbeder
Produced by Frédéric Dubreuil
Written by Sébastien Betbeder
Starring Vincent Macaigne
Maud Wyler
Bastien Bouillon
Audrey Bastien
Pauline Étienne
Music by Bertrand Betsch
Cinematography Sylvain Verdet
Edited by Julie Dupré
Envie de Tempête Productions
Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC)
Distributed by UFO Distribution (France)
Film Movement (USA)
Release dates
  • 18 May 2013 (2013-05-18) (Cannes Film Festival)
  • 10 October 2013 (2013-10-10) (HIFF)
  • 25 December 2013 (2013-12-25) (France)
Running time
91 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $400.000
Box office $350.000[1]

2 Autumns, 3 Winters (French: 2 automnes 3 hivers) is a 2013 French film written and directed by Sébastien Betbeder.


The story is narrated by each of the major characters. At the beginning, 33-year-old Arman (Macaigne) decides to change his life. For starters, he takes up jogging, which is how he has his first meeting with Amélie (Wyler).



The Marchers had theatrical showings in North America as part of the Rendez-vous with French Cinema series 2014 program.[2]

Critical response

Jordan Mintzer of The Hollywood Reporter called it a "low-key kind of dramedy" and a "quirky French indie that gets by more on style and sass than on its storytelling skills, [...] With endearing performances and crafty 16mm imagery, but also a tad too many winks to the camera, this Cannes ACID sidebar selection should see additional fest and niche art-house play".[3]

Ronnie Scheib of Variety commented that "[i]n Sebastien Betbeder's playfully arty 2 Autumns, 3 Winters, three protagonists offer self-conscious riffs on their every thought and action, directly addressing the camera to describe past happenings, present happenings or what’s about to occur momentarily. Mundane actions, trite exchanges and life-altering events all undergo the same literary alchemy, creating a matter-of-fact, Woody Allen-ish sense of complicity with the viewer. Maintaining a bemused, sometimes comic distance, Betbeder traces how happenstance crystallizes into biography as his characters traverse the titular seasons, with results that will delight some and alienate others."[4]

Mike Russell of The Oregonian gave it a 'B' grade saying "[a] fair amount of traumatic stuff happens in 2 Autumns, 3 Winters [... b]ut writer/director Sébastien Betbeder's French seriocomic romance still feels light (or emotionally distant, depending), thanks to the film's fusillade of stylistic tics."[5]


  1. http://www.jpbox-office.com/fichfilm.php?id=14003
  2. "Program 2014". Rendez-vous with French Cinema. Archived from the original on 3 April 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  3. Mintzer, Jordan (4 June 2013). "2 Autumns, 3 Winters: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  4. Scheib, Ronnie (27 March 2014). "Film Review: '2 Autumns, 3 Winters'". Variety. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  5. Russell, Mike (12 February 2014). "'2 Autumns, 3 Winters' explores Parisian romance, trauma: Portland International Film Festival review". The Oregonian. Retrieved 5 April 2014.

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