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Christmas with Henry and Eleanor,
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This review is from: The Lion in Winter (DVD)
King Henry lets out his wife, Eleanor, for Christmas from her mandatory confinement. Also joining the "festivities" at the castle in Chinon are their three sons, one of his son's (Richard) fiance and Philip from France. Never has the universal theme on dysfunctional families been rendered so well. This film has it all. Sharp, biting, funny and insightful dialog, e.g. "I could peel you like a pear and God himself would call it justice." Well-rounded/fleshed out characters that exhibit cunning ruthlessness with flashes of heart-wrenching vulnerability. Kathryn Hepburn is stunningly magnificent here, her face and mannerisms adding depth and poignancy to her lines, so much so that you can feel her simultaneous love and hatred for Henry just by the look on her face. That is what the art of acting is suppose to be.