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Un Conte de No雔 (A Christmas Tale) Reviews

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April 1, 2012
I love Catherine Deneuve, so I'd like to see it.
½ March 21, 2012
Interesting character piece, with some solid acting throughout. There's a lot here to enjoy.
February 4, 2012
I am going to have to pass on this one.
February 2, 2012
Elderly couple Junon (Deneuve) and Abel (Roussillon) are living blissfully in their native France, but their peace is short lived when it's discovered that Junon has liver cancer. The only thing that can save her live is a bone marrow transplant, but the problem is is that she has a rare-blood type-- one that only her family could even possibly have. It sounds simple, but it turns out their family is extremely dysfunctional. Five years earlier, oldest daughter Elizabeth (Consigny) payed off her brother Henri's (Amalric) debts, but filed a restraining order against him from the family. The rest of the lot gets along well without him, but as it turns out, he has the blood type needed: which calls for an uncomfortable family reunion. Though it has a name that seems like it will get you in the Christmas spirit, "Un conte de No雔" is a dark dysfunctional family dramady that is near perfect in every category. An independent art house movie, you wouldn't expect much-- but this is a French film that is just as good as something you'd see from the greats. Never ever using cliches, or trying to use any material that would seem controversial, the film doesn't make a statement or change the pace of anything, yet it's a movie that you'll remember forever. Many dramatic side-stories take place throughout, never does the script call for anything melodramatic, and the actor's all underact to the full extent. Because of this, the film achieves brilliance, as well as every person involved, especially Amalric and Consigny. In the end of all of it, the film was nominated for 9 C閟ar's (and won only one for Roussillon for Best Supporting Actor) but it left out Best Actress for Deneuve and Best Supporting Actor for Amalric. Thanks to The Criterion Collection, this film will go down in history as one of Deneuve's best films. "Un conte de No雔" isn't necessarily an enjoyable experience, but in the end it'll fulfill your thirst for a good, old-fashioned movie. Recommended.
January 31, 2012
This is not like the cheesy Christmas movies one typically finds on Lifetime. It is a potent film about a peculiar but likable French family struggling to accept one another as they commemorate the holiday season. Unlike most holiday films, "A Christmas Tale" doesn't just offer the viewer lessons in the meaning of life. Rather, it presents a broken but caring family that engages these types of metaphysical queries. If your looking for a more "relatable" Christmas movie, this is it.
January 25, 2012
un conte de noel (a christmas tale)
January 1, 2012
You suspect if they'd lay off the drugs (alcohol and tobacco) they might all be physically and emotionally healthier. Just a thought.
December 22, 2011
family dramedy in french style. All weird, all unique, all their own personalities. Long but enjoyable. Not really the christmas film I was hoping for but it all happened over christmas and there was a tree in it....... As a bonus, the film has a very nice soundtrack!
December 18, 2011
Fascinating story. Excellent acting.
December 17, 2011
A dark and twisted drama/comedy that featured superb acting. The story is very good, although it lags a bit in the middle, and I'm glad I watched it.
December 13, 2011
Un verdadero film, que aborda una tem谩tica bastante usual y triste: La disfuncionalidad familiar. Es maravillosa, los personajes viven en sus propias c谩rceles, creadas por el fat铆dico destino con su complicidad. El hermano odiado que es victima de el fantasma de su hermano mas que de sus decisiones poco acertadas, la hermana que lo odia por la tristeza que le ha ocasionado a su madre pero mas porque su hijo es una encarnaci贸n de este odiado, el padre cuya tranquilidad asombra y termina quebr谩ndose sudoroso demostrando que es humano, la esposa del hermano menor que es producto del juego sentimental de tres hombre y por tanto se acostumbr贸 a su destino impuesto desconociendo la negociaci贸n, la madre cuyo c谩ncer une ala familia formando este enorme torbellino de 2 horas y media, el primo que se condena a la separaci贸n de la mujer que ama, todo por sacar a su primo de la locura y que vive cada segundo con la familia de este para poder compartir el aire con esta mujer, la cobard铆a de la hermana y sobre protecci贸n hacia su hijo que la hace odiar un poco menos al hermano para que este sea quien done la m (C)dula. Una de las mejores cosas es ver como la madre a pesar de todo el aparente odio hacia su hijo mayor (por no poder ayudar a su hijo fallecido) siente amor y hasta comprensi贸n hacia el, mientras este vive en el ayer,recordando a su esposa muerta que se convirti贸 en santa por haber muerto solo a un mes del matrimonio... Pocos descubren la vida de dolor del hermano mayor pues pasan mas tiempo despreciandolo... Los di谩logos son geniales, los actores magn铆ficos, la direcci贸n es majestuosa... Un film de ataque...
Super Reviewer
½ December 11, 2011
For all of its random and strange stylistic choices, a considerable lengthy running time, and general odd ball moments it achieves total immersion in its world for the audience. Its a rare film that allows one the opportunity to get to know a group of people slowly over the films running time. Its a tale of a bizarre, totally fucked up family . . . but one that loves each other in spite of all the terrible things they have done.
Super Reviewer
½ December 9, 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.
November 26, 2011
Need to watch - in instant quie
½ November 13, 2011
A Christmas Tale sounds like a real winner: it is an overly long, French film about the royally dysfunctional family of an ailing matriarch (a radiant Catherine Deneuve) who have gathered together for the Christmas holidays. Talk about a crowd-pleaser! Dysfunctional families during the holidays are a dime-a-dozen anymore; but A Christmas Tale is much better than the standard fare. There are probably at least half a dozen central/main characters in this movie and each of them get ample screen-time in which to further develop their character and personalities. At the very center of this family is the dying mother, who's children have gathered around her to try to find a bone marrow donor. An exact match is needed for her survival and the family member with the compatible match (and therefore the likely donor) is the one who had been cast-out of the family years earlier. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly's Matheiu Amalric is the ostracized sibling who must deal with the dilemma in which he finds himself. The family has gotten along swimmingly without him for years and so it is difficult for all of them to accept that this son might be the saving grace of the family. The predicament sounds like a no-brainer but the movie successfully paints the two opposite sides of the canvas -- it is done so well that all of the questions raised sound logical and do make sense (like a well-painted Kandinsky). A Christmas Tale is not lightweight and it is heavy-handed at times. The acting is top-notch, the drama plentiful and the movie itself is rewarding if one wants to slog himself/herself through the compelling character study to get to the end.
½ October 29, 2011
Malgr (C) la pr (C)sence de ma future m猫re adoptive, je suis d (C)莽u. J'attendais le punch, et le punch ne venait pas.
½ August 28, 2011
Unapologetically long, but A Christmas Tale takes full advantage of its screen time to intricately involve us with this unconventional family.
½ August 13, 2011
This movie is technically great, but I came to dislike the characters so much that the whole thing felt pointless.
½ August 9, 2011
Completely enthralling and utterly unsatisfying.
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