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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


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.


Love Means… Never Having To Explain Why You Were In Jail
January 13, 2009, 1:05 am
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I’ve Loved You So Long  ( 2008 )  Written and Directed by Philippe Claudel

lovedyou460Kristen Scott Thomas plays Juliette a women recently released from prison after serving 15 years for killing her 6 year old son.  Juliette is now living with her sister, whom she hasn’t seen in years.  The film centers around Juliette a broken soul haunted by her past who is searching for the  ability to adapt to her new life as a free women.  Juliettes younger sister  Lea graciously welcomes Juliette into her life, along with her two adopted daughters,and husband Luc.  Luc does not take well to the fact that Juliette is living with them or that she is allowed to be around there children. He fears for the saftey of his children. Juliette is so far gone she would almost seem to be a ghost.  Lea desperately tries to bring her sister back form the depths of hell, but cannot because she does not fully understand her sister reasoning behind the murder.  Juliette will not reveal her reasoning and her sister is obviously curious.  The film is a lot to take in but is tragically moving, a story about redemption and re-humanization. Kristen a native of England flawlessly delivers a stunning performance in French.  She can move between French and English flawlessly without anyone noticing.