Un Conte de NoŽl (A Christmas Tale)
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Un Conte de NoŽl (A Christmas Tale)
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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"Despite occasional bouts of tedium over the epic course, a surprising buoyancy emerges: Desplechin's methods begin to inform, even brighten, the message."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"In this dark comedy everyone is at the end of someone else's strings."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Given his cornucopia of characters fighting wars on three fronts, his whiplash tonal switchbacks, his jazzlike aesthetic of chance, how is it that Arnaud Desplechin is only now coming home for the holidays?"
‑ Mark Asch, Stop Smiling
"It's maddening and it's exhilarating."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"A Christmas Tale has a classical feel, even though the mischievous Desplechin tosses in shadow puppets, iris shots, and actors speaking directly to the camera. It's this ability to surprise that gives the film its spark."
‑ Serena Donadoni, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Desplechin is an inspired impurist. His Christmas Tale is untidy, overstuffed and delicious: a genuine holiday feast."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"[It] will make anyone dreading the holidays with their family grateful for what strife they may face. It's nothing compared to what the Vuillard clan gets up to."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"The result is a massively overstuffed stocking of joy and bitterness, but one that more than meets the holiday movie genre's prerequisites for purification."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, indieWIRE
"A Christmas Tale's more universal qualities should be apparent to anyone who has survived a Christmas, and God help us, here comes another one."
‑ Richard von Busack, MetroActive
"Desplechin's film is so well cast and the relationships so authentically depicted that it's okay not to be completely or partially taken by Junon, Henri, and the rest of their kin."
‑ Stina Chyn, Film Threat
"You could, of course, forgive the whole enterprise as the extravagances of an intellectual fairytale, but the film's wayward eccentricities outweigh its good performances and breezy telling of a jumble of a plot."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"A triumph of willed optimism (or perhaps more accurately, of grudging good nature) over unhappy experiences..."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"As the rituals of Christmas are observed, the family edges closer towards a sense of understanding and acceptance in a picture that captures a sense of life's messy uncertainties and the way we sometimes hurt the ones we love the most."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Its numerous narrative strands are neither revealingly pursued nor properly intertwined."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"A Christmas Tale is a lively, capricious, mischievous ensemble delight."
‑ Alissa Wilkinson, Paste Magazine
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