Un Conte de NoŽl (A Christmas Tale)
Un Conte de NoŽl (A Christmas Tale) (2008)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 14, 2008
DVD Release Date: November 10, 2009
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A sharp black comedy about a chaotic family holiday gathering, A Christmas Tale is always involving, thanks to an impressive ensemble cast.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

[Desplechin] has skill, patience, empathy, and insight; quickened by the holiday occasion, they make the title of his film ultimately, if unconventionally, right.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

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.

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Stuart Klawans
The Nation

It takes about half an hour of screen time, until everyone gets packed into the house, for A Christmas Tale to reveal its nature fully: expansive in narrative scheme, compact in emotional space and self-consciously auteurist to the core.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Despite occasional bouts of tedium over the epic course, a surprising buoyancy emerges: Desplechin's methods begin to inform, even brighten, the message.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

In this dark comedy everyone is at the end of someone else's strings.

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Nicholas Barber
Independent (UK)

It's a bracingly eccentric, waspishly intelligent blast of flashbacks, freeze frames, split screens, and bizarre music choices.

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David Ansen

Desplechin is an inspired impurist. His Christmas Tale is untidy, overstuffed and delicious: a genuine holiday feast.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

[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.

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Matt Prigge
Philadelphia Weekly

Not since, well, Kings & Queen has calling something overstuffed been such a compliment.

Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
Movie 22 is from the Criterion Collection, right away by being in the Criterion Collection you know the movie is going to be a little strange and it is, about a… More
Gordon Anderson
French family drama with strong performances but rather too much abstract philosophizing and strange continental angst for me.
Nicki Marie
This is a really well made film with an excellent cast. It is, however, extremely long at around 2 and a half hours, and while interesting, not a whole lot… More
Robert C
Great acting (I'd pay to watch Deneuve read from the phone book) and an interesting story. But ultimately it was just too convoluted and left too many… More
Tim Sigur
This movie is not for everyone. I'll put it this way, if you thought Magnolia was way too over the top and pretensious, then you will hate this movie from… More
Jeff Talbott
This nearly-perfect film is one of the great surprises of the year. Strange, not for everybody, moody and beautifully acted, this not-at-all-American portrait… More

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