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A Christmas Tale (2008) is Transplanted on the Criterion Collection

The Criterion Collection released A Christmas Tale to Blu-ray on December 1, 2009. Arnaud Desplechin directed the film starring Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon, and Mathieu Amalric.

‘A Christmas Tale’ Criterion Synopsis

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.

Read the full summary, and listen to our film review on 12/13/2021.

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • 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

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    Bac Films released A Christmas Tale on May 21, 2008. Arnaud Desplechin directed the film starring Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon, and Mathieu Amalric.

    User Rating: 3.86 ( 7 votes)
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