La Būche
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Noted French screenwriter Daniele Thompson makes her directorial debut with this lighthearted romantic comedy. After the December 21st funeral of Yvette's (Francoise Fabian) second husband, she is consoled by the three daughters from her first marriage to Stanislas (Claude Rich), a Russian-Jewish violinist. The oldest, Lorba (Sabine Azema), lives with her father and makes a living by singing ballads in a Russian cabaret, Sonia (Emmanuelle Beart) is a fastidious middle-class housewife, and Yvette's youngest, Milla (Charlotte Gainsbourg), is a go-getting businesswoman. As Christmas… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's little originality."
‑ Charles Ealy, Dallas Morning News
"The tone is light, the Michel Legrand music is high in calories and the result is a very handsome, well-appointed soap opera."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Christmas with a dysfunctional family, French-style."
‑ Phil Hall, Daily-Reviews
"A French film about the terrible fallout from some family secrets."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Skirts most of the usual pitfalls of the genre while telling a compelling and enjoyable story of love, infidelity, and the ties that bind."
‑ Rod Armstrong,
"Elegantly folds together multiple storylines ... into a confection that is ultimately better because of its bitterness."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Thompson keeps her focus (and ours) on the actors, most of whom have never been as luminous as they are here."
‑ Amy Taubin, Village Voice
"A very staid drama with no sense of irony."
‑ Christopher Null,
"This sort of Home for the Holidays fare is hardly new, and most of us get enough of it in real life."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Life-affirming, touching and funny."
‑ Kim Morgan, Oregonian
"Sparklingly acted by a fine ensemble cast."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"This holiday treat of a movie is hard to resist."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Takes familiar material and gives it texture, subtlety and refinement."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"A fine achievement along the lines of Jodie Foster's Home for the Holidays."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"a warm holiday entertainment with heart and smarts"
‑ Arthur Lazere,
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