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A CHRISTMAS TALE

by Arnaud Desplechin

synopsis

Abel 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 little Henri too was unable to help his brother, and Joseph died at the age of seven. The Vuillard family has never recovered. Many years have passed, and family relationships are more strained than ever. In particular, those between Elizabeth, authoritarian head of the family and Henri, a cynical drop out who divides his time between women and drink. After a violent argument, Elizabeth banishes her feckless brother, cutting him off from his nephew, her son Paul - a tortured adolescent beset by serious mental problems.

international title: A Christmas Tale
original title: Un conte de Noël
country: France
sales agent: Wild Bunch
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Arnaud Desplechin
film run: 150'
release date: FR 21/05/2008, BE 11/06/2008, DK 14/11/2008, FI 28/11/2008, IT/SE 05/12/2008, NO 26/12/2008, UK 16/01/2009, ES 27/03/2009
screenplay: Arnaud Desplechin, Emmanuel Bourdieu
cast: Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Mathieu Amalric, Anne Consigny, Melvil Poupaud, Emmanuelle Devos, Chiara Mastroianni
cinematography by: Eric Gautier
film editing: Laurence Briaud
art director: Daniel Bevan
music: Grégoire Hetzel
producer: Pascal Caucheteux
production: Why Not Productions
distributor: Bac Films, Victory Productions, Camera Film, Oy Cinema Mondo Ltd, BIM Distribuzione, Alta Films, Szuez Film

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César 2009Best Supporting Actor (Jean-Paul Roussillon)
Cannes 2008Official Competition
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