The merry old home-for-the-holidays formula gets a somber French twist in the downbeat import A Christmas Tale. Catherine Deneuve, radiant as ever, plays the dying matriarch of a dysfunctional family who needs a bone-marrow transplant from one of her three messed-up children. It’s hard to tell what’s worse, though: her blood or her bloodline. The EXTRAS on this two-disc edition include a great 2007 doc about director Arnaud Desplechin’s own clan and a terrific making-of in English. B+.
A CHRISTMAS TALE Anne Consigny, Hippolyte Girardot and Catherine Deneuve celebrate the holidays (Jean-Claude Lother/IFC)
Genre: Drama; Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Emile Berling, Mathieu Amalric; Director: Arnaud Desplechin; Author: Emmanuel Bourdieu, Arnaud Desplechin; Release Date Limited: 11/14/2008; Runtime (in minutes): 152; MPAA Rating: Unrated
Posted December 2 2009 — 12:00 AM EST
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