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A Christmas Tale (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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The mother, father, three siblings, assorted cousins and spouses that populate this family tree all have a psychic tie to a withered root, namely the firstborn son, Joseph, who died of a rare cancer at age six. Elizabeth, the oldest surviving child, complains of a grief that has no apparent source. She is the type of person we all have met at some time in our lives, someone whose main grievance is that she feels herself to be inadequately aggrieved. She completely surrenders herself to the false martyrdom of self-pity, willingly clutching each grudge to her bosom, even as it drains her of life and poisons everyone around her.
We see how Henri, the middle child, becomes Elizabeth's chosen victim, and Ivan, the youngest, tries to mollify everyone. All of this has a decidedly theatrical effect. The family members are depicted as performers just as much as the Ekdahls are in Fanny and Alexander (Special Edition Five-Disc Set) - Criterion Collection, with whose first 90 minutes A CHRISTMAS TALE bears more than a passing resemblance.Read more ›
Oh well, we can't all love the same things. Some balk at the `Frenchness' of this film and I say "give me more" considering that the French make, by far, the best films ever. Seriously, when is `French' a negative term when describing a film? Also, this is a FRENCH film, so why weren't you expecting it to be `very French'? Yes, this is French in the way it is molded, but it is also a more serious mined French film. This isn't indicative of the New Wave cinema of the past and so while the scenarios painted and the actions of certain individuals may not feel `American' and may feel `foreign' to us, there is a sincerity here, an honesty that really befits the nature of the film. This is more comparable to 2009's `Summer Hours' in tone and overall impact. There is style in the layout and there are moments of flamboyance, but they are tapered to present a more natural and relaxed reality.
The film tells the story of a dysfunctional family reuniting for Christmas after word of the matriarch's cancer spreads.Read more ›
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If you like the movie "The Family Stone", Christmas movies, & French films then, like me, you'll fall in love with this movie!Published 5 months ago by Cyn Hatmaker
I watched this movie with a group of friends and we all thought it was way too long and super boring. For being 2.5 hours, not much happened. In fact, my life during that 2. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ashley S.
A not very interesting slice of French life around Christmas time. Unless I missed the subtitle, the year is unclear. Read morePublished 14 months ago by loungeboy
This is not your typical merry, family reunion in the holidays, type of film. A Christmas Story is gritty, funny, emotional, and fascinating. Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Danny
In reverse: The dad is loving and the other adults are rude, selfish, immature, and almost hopelessly narcissistic. I've seen many French films. Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by mr. contrarian
I had to stop watching this about 5 minutes into it. It looks like someone took a video camera to a movie theater to record it. Awful streaming quality. Audio is terrible. Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by Qu'est-ce que c'est??
Might be a good movie to watch by yourself but don't gather the family thinking that this will be a good holiday movie. Also the movie drags.Published on December 27, 2012 by Ryan
This film is about taking risks in life even when losses have been experienced. It is about love in a family where disappointments are inevitable. Read morePublished on December 22, 2012 by 1111
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