Big screen classics

A Christmas Tale

Un Conte de Noël

Deneuve and Amalric delight in Desplechin’s persuasive, compelling portrait of a family’s troubled Christmas reunion.

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France 2008
Dir Arnaud Desplechin
With Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Amalric, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Emmanuelle Devos
152min
35mm
English subtitles
Certificate 15

Christmas often involves family get-togethers; here, Desplechin offers a complex, engrossing and utterly credible account of an extended family attempting to get through the holiday despite various differences, grievances, regrets and anxieties. At the centre is Junon (Deneuve), who has worrying health issues of her own... Despechin’s characteristically fluid storytelling is supported by a large, top-notch cast.