A christmas tale

A christmas tale

DVD - 2009 | French
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"Darkly hilarious, brilliantly acted."--New York Post
"...captivating portrait of the most gorgeously fractious dysfunctional family."--Los Angeles Times
"...untidy, overstuffed and delicious: a genuine holiday feast."--Newsweek
"...a strangely encompassing collection of private moments among the members of a large family with a fraught history."--Roger Ebert
A dysfunctional family's matriarch brings everyone together at Christmas to inform them she needs a bone marrow transplant from a blood relative in order to survive. Bonus features include two documentaries and an essay from critic Philip Lopate.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, 2009
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9781604651867
Branch Call Number: DVD FOREIGN CHR
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 152 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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riita
Dec 21, 2014

This isn't something you'd want to check out for some Christmas cheer, but if your into dysfunctional dynamics then you might enjoy it. I would have to watch it a second time, not sure what I think of it, my initial perceptions may change on a second viewing.

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joseph
Dec 10, 2009

Fair - A Christmas Tale (2008) [Foreign - French] 152 min. This is not the typical Christmas-themed film. It's revolves around a family Christmas reunion which is overshadowed by the news that the matriarch of the family played by Catherine Deneuve has a rare form of cancer and requires an aggressive form of treatment for any chance of survival. Though the performances are excellent, the story doesn't take on a life to allow us to keep watching for little over 2.5 hours. It misses a comedic touch by French Canadian director Denys Arcand to make it less sombre. Some of the motivations for the hatreds from one family member to the other is not completely clear which lessened the effects of the story of a dying woman. This may need a further viewing but at this length, it'll be hard to find the time.

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