Criterion Collection, The | Release Date: November 14, 2008
Summary: 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. Masterfully directed and acted, by turns savage, bittersweet, darkly comic and unbearably moving, A Christmas Tale shows internationally acclaimed Desplechin at the height of his powers. (IFC Films)
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Runtime: 150 min
Rating: Not Rated
Production: Why Not Productions
Genres: Drama, Comedy
Country: France
Language: French
Home Release Date: Dec 1, 2009
Director Credit
Arnaud Desplechin Director
Writer Credit
Arnaud Desplechin Scenario And Dialogue
Emmanuel Bourdieu Scenario And Dialogue
Principal Cast Credit
Catherine Deneuve Junon
Jean-Paul Roussillon Abel, Junon's Husband
Mathieu Amalric Henri Their Middle Child
Cast Credit
Anne Consigny Elizabeth Their Oldest Child
Azize Kabouche Doctor Zraïdi, The Oncologist
Chiara Mastroianni Sylvia - Ivan's Wife
Clément Obled Baptiste, Ivan And Sylvia's Son
Emile Berling Paull, Elizabeth And Claude's Son
Emmanuelle Devos Faunia, Henri's Lover
Françoise Bertin Rosaimée, Abel's Mother's Girlfriend
Hippolyte Girardot Claude - Elizabeth's Husband
Laurent Capelluto Simon - Junon's Nephew - The Painter Cousin
Melvil Poupaud Ivan Their Youngest Child
Samir Guesmi Spatafora, The Family Friend At Roubaix
Thomas Obled Basile, Ivan And Sylvia's Son
Producer Credit
Pascal Caucheteux Producer