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A Christmas tale

A Christmas tale

Deneuve, Catherine, 1943- actor; Roussillon, Jean-Paul, actor; Desplechin, Arnaud, director; Consigny, Anne, actor; Hetzel, Grégoire, music

Arnaud Desplechin directs this darkly comic portrait of the troubled Vuillard family, headed by matriarch Junon (Catherine Deneuve). In the beginning, Abel (Jean-Paul Roussillon) and Junon had two children, Joseph and Elizabeth. Victim of a rare genetic condition, Joseph's only hope was a bone marrow transplant. As they and Elizabeth were incompatible, his parents conceived a third child in the hope of saving their son. But the little Henri was unable to help his brother, and Joseph died, aged seven. Years later, the Vuillards reunite for Christmas Day at the family home in Roubaix to learn that Junon now has the same condition that killed Joseph, and her only hope is to find a donor within her family. With Elizabeth (Anne Consigny) and Henri (Mathieu Amalric) no longer on speaking terms, and her other son and grandchildren dealing with their own issues, can Junon and her family put the past behind them and deal with the future?

DVD. French. Feature : Foreign.
Published New Wave Films, 2009
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Statement of responsibility: director, Arnaud Desplechin; producer, Pascal Caucheteux; writer, Emmanuel Bourdieu; writer, Arnaud Desplechin
EAN: 5055159200042
BBFC classification: 15
Note: Extras to be confirmed, Region 2, 1 disc(s), Interactive menus, Languages (French), Subtitles (English).
Note: Made in 2008.
Note: Credits: music, Grégoire Hetzel.
Note: DVDN.
Performers: Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Anne Consigny, Mathieu Amalric, Melvil Poupaud, Hippolyte Girardot, Emmanuelle Devos, Chiara Mastroianni, Laurent Capelluto, Emile Berling, Thomas Obled.
Physical Description: 1 videodisc (153 min.) : col.
System: DVD.
Other Number: 5055159200042
Publisher Number: NW004