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A Christmas Tale

Genres: Foreign, Drama, Criterion Collection, Comedy, Christmas, France, Holiday, French Cinema, Foreign Comedy, Foreign Drama

Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Mathieu Amalric, Anne Consigny, Melvil Poupaud

Director: Arnold Desplechin

Synopsis: In Arnaud Desplechin's beguiling A CHRISTMAS TALE (Un Conte de Noël), Catherine Deneuve brings her legendary poise to the role of Junon, matriarch of the troubled Vuillard family, who come together at Christmas after she learns she needs a bone marrow transplant from a blood relative. That simple family reunion setup, however, can't begin to describe the unpredictable, emotionally volatile experience of this film, an inventive, magical drama that's equal parts merriment and melancholy. Unrequited childhood loves and blinding grudges, brutal outbursts and sudden slapstick, music, movies, and poetry, A CHRISTMAS TALE ties it all together in a marvelously messy package.

Language: French

Country of Origin: France

Production Year: 2008


  • ""Captivating, passionate, pure pleasure."", Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times
  • ""At last, a great comtemporarty holiday movie that's strictly for grown-ups."", Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun

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