A Christmas Tale

Release date: November 14, 2008
(NY)

Studio: IFC Films

Director: Arnaud Desplechin

MPAA Rating: N/A

Screenwriter:

Starring: Chiara Mastroianni, Emmanuelle Devos, Catherine Deneuve, Hippolyte Girardot, Melvil Poupaud, Anne Consigny, Matthieu Amalric, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Emile Berling, Laurent Capelluto

Genre: Drama

Duration: N/A

Copyright Holder: N/A

Copyright: N/A

Plot Summary:

Junon (Catherine Deneuve) and Abel (Jean-Paul Roussillon) are the parents of three grown children: Elizabeth (Anne Consigny) is a melancholic playwright with a mathematician husband (Hippolyte Girardot) and a tortured teenage son, Paul (Emile Berling); Henri (Amalric) is the self-destructive black sheep, banished from family events by Elizabeth five years prior; youngest Ivan (Melvil Poupaud), the peacemaker, is married to the beautiful Sylvia (Chiara Mastroianni) and has two eccentric little boys; while a fourth – Joseph, the eldest – died from leukemia as a boy. When Junon is also diagnosed with leukemia, all are tested to see who can be a donor, and then the whole family – including lovesick cousin Simon (Laurent Capelluto) and Henri’s daft Jewish girlfriend, Faunia (Emmanuelle Devos) – returns home for a long Christmas weekend. All crowded again under the same roof, solidarity quickly – and hilariously – devolves into feuding, drunkenness and bed-hopping, as everyone struggles to make sense of the mysteries of family, life, and what lies ahead.

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