Un peu de soleil dans l'eau froide

Un peu de soleil dans l'eau froide, internationally released as A Few Hours of Sunlight and A Little Sun in Cold Water, is a 1971 French film directed Jacques Deray adapted from the novel of Françoise Sagan.[1] The title quotes the poet Paul Éluard.

Un peu de soleil dans l'eau froide
Directed byJacques Deray
Written byJacques Deray
Jean-Claude Carrière
StarringClaudine Auger
Marc Porel
Judith Magre
Nadine Alari
André Falcon
Barbara Bach
Bernard Fresson
Music byMichel Legrand


In Limoges, Nathalie Silvener, a married woman falls for Gilles, a depressed and brilliant Parisian journalist, himself in a relationship with a model.



According to Cahiers du cinéma, the film is one of the most personal works of Deray.[2] Le Nouvel Observateur referred to it as "un petit film démodé comme le petit roman de Sagan" (i.e., "a little film which is old-fashioned in the same way the little novel by Sagan is").[3] Time Out was very critical, calling it "fatuous" and saying "Porel gives one of the most boring, suburban, asexual performances imaginable".[4] DVD Talk called it "dated and dull".[5]

The novel

It is based on a 1969 book by Françoise Sagan. BSCNews calls it "a superb novel", praising Sagan's "simple and poetic" style.[6]


  1. Clarke Fountain, Un peu de soleil dans l'eau, The New York Times.
  2. Cahiers du cinéma, issues 581-585, Éditions de l'Étoile, 2003, p.58.
  3. Le nouvel observateur, Collection 1976, p.27.
  4. "Un Peu de Soleil dans l'Eau Froide". Time Out. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  5. Ordway, Holly E. (December 24, 2002). "A Few Hours of Sunlight (Un peu de soleil dans l'eau froide)". DVD Talk.
  6. "Françoise Sagan : un peu de soleil dans l'eau froide". BSC News. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
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