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Dec 19, 2008 – Jan 1, 2009

A Christmas Tale

Dir. Arnaud Desplechin France 150 min Not Rated

2008 IFC Films

French with English subtitles

Junon (Catherine Deneuve) and Abel (Jean-Paul Roussillon) are the parents of three grown children: Elizabeth, a melancholic playwright with a mathematician husband and a tortured teenage son; Henri (THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY’s Mathiue Amalric), the self-destructive black sheep; youngest Ivan, the peacemaker, husband, and father to two eccentric little boys; while a fourth, Joseph, died from leukemia as a boy. When the disease reappears again in the family, everyone returns home for a long Christmas weekend together. 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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