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A Christmas Tale

Arnaud Desplechin

 
A Christmas Tale (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 2008
  • 152 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • French
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  • Spine #492

In Arnaud Desplechin’s beguiling A Christmas Tale (Un conte de Noël), Catherine Deneuve brings her legendary poise to the role of Junon, matriarch of the troubled Vuillard family, who come together at Christmas after she learns she needs a bone marrow transplant from a blood relative. That simple family reunion setup, however, can’t begin to describe the unpredictable, emotionally volatile experience of this film, an inventive, magical drama that’s equal parts merriment and melancholy. Unrequited childhood loves and blinding grudges, brutal outbursts and sudden slapstick, music, movies, and poetry, A Christmas Tale ties it all together in a marvelously messy package.

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Arnaud Desplechin, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • L’aimée, Desplechin’s 2007 documentary about the selling of his family home
  • Arnaud’s Tale, a new 35-minute documentary featuring interviews with Desplechin and actors Mathieu Amalric and Catherine Deneuve
  • Original theatrical trailers
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Philip Lopate

    New cover by Rodrigo Corral

Film Essays

A Christmas Tale: The Inescapable Family

By Phillip LopateDecember 01, 2009

In the eight films he’s made since 1991, Arnaud Desplechin has been developing a visionary . . . Read more »

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Press Notes

Press Notes: A Christmas Tale

December 08, 2009

Arnaud Desplechin’s A Christmas Tale may not be the most sugary of holiday treats, but critics . . . Read more »


Film Essays

A Christmas Tale: The Inescapable Family

By Phillip LopateDecember 01, 2009

In the eight films he’s made since 1991, Arnaud Desplechin has been developing a visionary . . . Read more »


Clippings

The Fantastic Monsieurs Anderson and Desplechin

October 29, 2009

For the new issue of Interview magazine, Wes Anderson sat down in Paris with another of our . . . Read more »