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2 hr. 30 min.

Plot Summary
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.

Cast: Catherine Deneuve , Jean-Paul Roussillon , Mathieu Amalric , Françoise Bertin , Laurent Capelluto , Anne Consigny , Emmanuelle Devos , Hippolyte Girardot

Director: Arnaud Desplechin

Genres: Drama

Distributor: IFC Films

A Christmas Tale (2008)

Release Date: November 14th, 2008|2 hr. 30 min.

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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Dark secrets are unlocked, words draw more blood than punches, and Desplechin turns one family into a universe that resembles life as a startling work of art. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    With Desplechin, it doesn't ever feel as though he's straining to show us things. It's more like we're just hanging out. We're in this house, and by some strange coincidence, every time we turn around, something interesting is happening. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    If feuds, drunken outbursts and thoughtless bed-hopping sound like fun, then A Christmas Tale is a hoot. Some wry humor runs through the course of the overly long saga. But there's not enough dark wit to mitigate the tedium and pretentiousness. show more

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