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A Holiday film that doesn’t involve a dog or a mouse!
January 13, 2009, 1:18 pm
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A Christmas Tale  France 2008 Directed by  Arnaud Desplechin  Written by Arnaud Desplechin and Emmanuel Bordieu

I absolutely love Catherine Deneuve.  I’ll admit its more of an obsession.  She is so amazingly beautiful and so talented.  As a hardcore Deneuve fan I make it my priority to see anything and everything she is in (and bought a ticket to NYFF Persepolis premiere just to see her), but thats just the stalker in me talking.  catherinedeneuve1_narrowweb__300x3620

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Catherine plays Junon a mother of four who is dying of liver cancer.  Her only chance to prolong life is to have a bone marrow transplant, the catch is the transplant could also possibly kill her.  The film centers around  a large family getting together for the Christmas season.  The family is like any other American family… only French.  Due to Junons illness, the family is forced to come together.  The film is full of familial rifts, grief, comedy, and heartache.  Desplechin has constructed a multi-layer film that slowly unravels revealing a family that truly loves each other and will always be there for each other no matter how much they may act like they hate each other.  I found this film to be comedic and gut-wrenching which is something very difficult to achieve.  The scenes between Junon (Deneuve) and Henri (Almaric)  the trouble child and acceptable donor, are priceless.  Whilst the two jokingly discuss their despise of one another you somehow feel they genuinely love one another.  If you want to catch a good Holiday film that doesn’t involve an animated character or troublesome dog then I suggest A Christmas Tale.

The supporting cast includes some of France’s  most recognized actors:  Jean-Paul Roussillon, Anne Consigny, Melvin Poupaud, Emmanuelle Devos and Chiara Mastroianni.