La būche
La būche (1999)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1999
DVD Release Date: May 24, 2002
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Charles Ealy
Dallas Morning News

There's little originality.

Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

The tone is light, the Michel Legrand music is high in calories and the result is a very handsome, well-appointed soap opera.

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Phil Hall

Christmas with a dysfunctional family, French-style.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Elegantly folds together multiple storylines ... into a confection that is ultimately better because of its bitterness.

Amy Taubin
Village Voice

Thompson keeps her focus (and ours) on the actors, most of whom have never been as luminous as they are here.

Christopher Null

A very staid drama with no sense of irony.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Sparklingly acted by a fine ensemble cast.

A.O. Scott
New York Times

Even if you hate everything about the holidays -- and especially if you hate the kind of movies that herald them -- you will find much to love in La Būche.

Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Takes familiar material and gives it texture, subtlety and refinement.

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