A Christmas tale

(DVD - 2009 - French)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
A Christmas tale
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Junon is the matriarch of the troubled Vuillard family, who come together at Christmas after she learns she needs a bone marrow transplant from a blood relative. The Vuillard's shared history of physical and mental illness, estrangement, self harm, and loss doesn't lead itself to the idea of a cheerful holiday season. Hopefully the Christmastime reunion, a scheme concocted by three of the youngest family members, will finally bring peace to their family.

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Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2009]
Edition: Special ed.
ISBN: 1604651865
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (152 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Alternate Title: Conte de Noël [DVD]


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Jun 05, 2012
  • justinmehlhaff rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

love this movie! think royal tennanbaums but emotionally gritty and a little more true to familial dysfunctional life. ultimately redeeming.

Mar 20, 2011
  • nabab rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The film contain many layers in need of exploration.

It put me to sleep therefore I cannot fairly comment.

Dec 10, 2009
  • joseph rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Fair - A Christmas Tale (2008) [Foreign - French] 152 min. This is not the typical Christmas-themed film. It's revolves around a family Christmas reunion which is overshadowed by the news that the matriarch of the family played by Catherine Deneuve has a rare form of cancer and requires an aggressive form of treatment for any chance of survival. Though the performances are excellent, the story doesn't take on a life to allow us to keep watching for little over 2.5 hours. It misses a comedic touch by French Canadian director Denys Arcand to make it less sombre. Some of the motivations for the hatreds from one family member to the other is not completely clear which lessened the effects of the story of a dying woman. This may need a further viewing but at this length, it'll be hard to find the time.


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