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A Christmas tale

(DVD - 2009 - French)
Average Rating: 3.5 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.
Title: A Christmas tale
[DVD]
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2009]
Edition: Special ed.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (152 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Content Type: two-dimensional moving image
Media Type: video
Carrier Type: videodisc
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Notes: Special features: New, restored High-Definition digital transfer, supervised by director Arnaud Desplechin; "L'aimée:" Desplechin's 2007 documentary about the selling of his family home; new documentary featuring interviews with Desplechin and actors Mathieu Amalric and Catherine Deneuve; original theatrical trailers; includes a booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Lopate.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2008.
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Summary: 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.
Audience: Not rated.
Local Note: 1 6 8 14 15
Alternate Title: Conte de Noël [DVD]
ISBN: 1604651865
9781604651867
Statement of Responsibility: IFC Films ; Why Not Productions ; producer, Pascal Caucheteux ; screenplay by Arnaud Desplechin and Emmanuel Bourdieu ; directed by Arnaud Desplechin
Credits: Cinematography, Eric Gautier ; editor, Laurence Briaud ; music, Grégoire Hetzel.
Performers: Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Mathieu Amalric, Anee Consigny, Melvil Poupaud, Emmanuelle Devos, Chiara Mastroianni, Emile Berling, Hippolyte Girardot, Laurent Capelluto.
System Details: DVD, widescreen (2.35:1); Dolby Digital surround.
Other Language: French dialogue, English subtitles.
Subject Headings: DVDs. Family reunions France Drama. Mother and child France Drama. Families France Drama. Christmas France Drama. Alienation (Social psychology) France Drama. Bone marrow Transplantation France Drama. Matriarchy France Drama.
Genre/Form: Foreign films.
Feature films.
Comedy films.
Topical Term: DVDs.
Family reunions
Mother and child
Families
Christmas
Alienation (Social psychology)
Bone marrow
Matriarchy
Publisher No: CC1850D
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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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