A Christmas Tale

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IFC Films Released 2008

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Director:
Arnaud Desplechin
Released:
2008
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One of the standout hits of the Cannes, Toronto, and New York Film Festivals, A Christmas Tale is Arnaud Desplechin's (KINGS AND QUEEN) dazzling, big-hearted and brilliantly black comedy. In the role that garnered her the Special Prize at Cannes, Catherine Deneuve is Junon, the family matriarch, who greets the news of her life-threatening illness with calm equanimity. Desplechin regular Mathieu Amalric gives one of the best performances of the year as the black sheep of the family who returns home after being banished for 6 years with his bemused Jewish girlfriend (Emmanuel Devos) in tow. Crowded under the same roof again, solidarity quickly - and hilariously - devolves into feuding, drunkenness and bed-hopping, as everyone struggles to make sense of the mysteries of family, life, and what lies ahead. Desplechin's masterful narrative has the breadth of a sprawling novel and the nimble wordplay of a classic comedy, while packing the full sensory wallop of pure cinema. This indie drama is an IFC Films release.

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  • 100

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    A movie that is almost indecently satisfying and at the same time elusive, at once intellectually lofty -- marked by allusions to Emerson, Shakespeare and Seamus Heaney as well as ...

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    What results is a captivating portrait of the most gorgeously fractious dysfunctional family.

  • 60

    Variety Derek Elley

    Largely thanks to the snappy editing, short scenes and a strong cast led by a matronly Deveuve and Amalric's enjoyable perf as the black sheep of the family, A Christmas Tale never...

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Documentary, Drama

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christmas