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A Christmas Tale

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Original title
Un conte de Noël
Running time
150 min.
France France
Arnaud Desplechin, Emmanuel Bourdieu
Grégoire Hetzel
Eric Gautier
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Why Not Productions
Drama | Disease. Family Relationships. Christmas
Synopsis / Plot
Abel and Junon had two children, Joseph and Elizabeth. Victim of a rare genetic condition, Joseph's only hope was a bone marrow transplant. As they and Elizabeth were incompatible, his parents conceived a third child in the hope of saving their son. But little Henri too was unable to help his brother, and Joseph died at the age of seven. The Vuillard family has never recovered. Many years have passed, and family relationships are more strained than ever. In particular, those between Elizabeth, authoritarian head of the family and Henri, a cynical drop out who divides his time between women and drink. After a violent argument, Elizabeth banishes her feckless brother, cutting him off from his nephew, her son Paul - a tortured adolescent beset by serious mental problems.
2008: Cannes: Nominated for Palme d´Or (Golden Palm)
2008: Awards Cesar: Best Supporting Actor (Rousillon) 9 Nominations
2008: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
2008: Nominated for Critics' Choice Awards: Best Foreign Language Film
2008: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
Critics' reviews
  • "A Christmas Tale" skates on thin ice across a crowded lake, arrives safely on the far shore, and shares a cup of hot cocoa and marshmallows with Death. (...) Rating: ★★★½ (out of four)."
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