Un Conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) 2008

A Christmas Tale

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A sharp black comedy about a chaotic family holiday gathering, A Christmas Tale is always involving, thanks to an impressive ensemble cast.

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When steely French matriarch Junon (Catherine Deneuve) learns she has leukemia, she asks her children and grandchildren at the family Christmas gathering to see if they are eligible to become bone marrow donors. This causes deep friction in the family, especially between Junon's daughter Elizabeth (Anne Consigny) and son Henri (Mathieu Amalric), who already have a tumultuous relationship. Their mother's sickness also recalls the traumatic loss of their brother Joseph when they were children.

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  • Dec 09, 2011
    This movie is excellent and it completely commands your attention through its 150 minute running time. Thankfully, the pace of the movie feels brisk because of every character in the family having their own interesting story to tell. If the movie was all focused on just one story, it would've dragged tremendously. Also even WITH so many subplots, the movie doesn't feel like it's jumbled or a mess. It is very easy to follow, despite the themes of the movie being complex. The acting and writing is tremendous. This has to be the best overall cast I've seen in a long time. The Fighter doesn't even come close to this. Overall this is a very special movie in which many elements come together to create a completely unique work of art. Highly recommended.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2011
    One of those films designed to make you feel better about your own Christmas gathering. A French family, headed by an affable yet inconsequential father and the kind of mother who shouldn't be allowed near anyone's children let alone her own, get together over the festive season to exchange barbed words and manipulations. With lots of mock-meaningful exchanges, as is the way with lots of French films, it felt like a long two and a half hours. Though not as long as it would have felt if you'd actually lived in that house.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2010
    Have a pleasant gathering with the most dysfunctional family of the decade since Festen (1998), just in time for Christmas Eve and with Miss Deneuve at the center of the table. Enduring and uncomfortable, this shall satisfy some masochistic senses and please some other artistic ones. Magnifique. 77/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2010
    Movie 22 is from the Criterion Collection, right away by being in the Criterion Collection you know the movie is going to be a little strange and it is, about a very dysfunctional family who reunites at Christmas time, Mom is sick with cancer and needs a marrow transplant and of course the hated son is the only compatible donor. If your into Indie films then you will enjoy this if your idea of a great film is something with Will Farrell in it (Elf) then this is not for you. 4 Stars
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