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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.
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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 3 days ago by Cyn Hatmaker
Having just re-watched A Christmas Tale, I have drawn the following three conclusions:
1. Tonally and structurally, it's a lot like Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander. Read more
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 8 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 8 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 24 months ago 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