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A Christmas Tale

A Christmas Tale

Director: Arnaud Desplechin Cast: Catherine Deneuve
Catherine Deneuve
, Jean-Paul Roussillon
Jean-Paul Roussillon
, Anne Consigny
Anne Consigny
, Mathieu Amalric
Mathieu Amalric
Arnaud Desplechin
A Christmas Tale

A Christmas Tale

Director: Arnaud Desplechin Cast: Catherine Deneuve
Catherine Deneuve
, Jean-Paul Roussillon
Jean-Paul Roussillon
, Anne Consigny
Anne Consigny
, Mathieu Amalric
Mathieu Amalric
Arnaud Desplechin

Blu-ray (Wide Screen)

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Overview

The devastating reverberations of a profound tragedy echo through generations of a long-suffering French family in this emotional family drama from director Arnaud Desplechin. When Abel and his wife, Junon, started a family, it seemed like the seeds of true happiness had been planted. But while their daughter, Elizabeth, was healthy from the day she was born, things quickly turned dark when her brother Joseph was diagnosed with a rare and deadly genetic condition. Joseph's only hope for survival was a bone marrow transplant, but Abel, Junon, and Elizabeth were all incompatible. In one last, desperate chance to save their son's life, Abel and Junon conceived a third child. But not even little Henri could save his ailing brother's life. Joseph died at the age of seven, and neither his siblings nor his parents have ever found the strength to recover. Years later, family relations have deteriorated beyond the point of repair; the tensions between family matriarch Elizabeth and her cynical brother Henri finally culminating in a violent confrontation in which Elizabeth banishes her alcoholic brother and refuses him further contact with his troubled adolescent nephew, Paul.


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Product Details

Release Date: 12/01/2009
UPC: 0715515049016
Original Release: 2008
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:32:00
Sales rank: 15,556

Special Features

L'aimée, Desplechin's 2007 documentary about the sale of his family home; Arnaud's Tale, a new 35-minute documentary featuring interviews with Desplechin and actors Mathieu Amalric and Catherine Deneuve; Original theatrical trailers; Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by critic Phillip Lopate

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Catherine Deneuve Junon Vuillard
Jean-Paul Roussillon Abel Vuillard
Anne Consigny Elizabeth
Mathieu Amalric Henri
Melvil Poupaud Ivan
Hippolyte Girardot Claude
Emmanuelle Devos Faunia
Chiara Mastroianni Sylvia
Laurent Capelluto Simon
Emile Berling Paul
Thomas Obled Basile
Clément Obled Baptiste
Françoise Bertin Rosaimée
Samir Guesmi Spatafora
Azize Kabouche Dr. Zraïdi

Technical Credits
Arnaud Desplechin Director,Screenwriter
Sylvie Aid Makeup
Dan Bevan Production Designer
Emmanuel Bourdieu Screenwriter
Laurence Briaud Editor
Nicolas Cantin Sound/Sound Designer
Pascal Caucheteux Producer
Éric Gautier Cinematographer
Gregoire Hetzel Score Composer
Jean-Pierre Laforce Sound Mixer
Sylvain Malbrant Sound/Sound Designer
Nathalie Raoul Costumes/Costume Designer
Gabriele Roux Asst. Director
Stephane Touitou Casting

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