A Christmas Tale (2008)

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  • IMDb page: A Christmas Tale (2008)
  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 3,332 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Release Date: 21 May 2008 (France)
  • Runtime: France:150 min | USA:150 min | Argentina:150 min
  • Filming Location: Roubaix, Nord, France
  • Gross: $1,060,602(USA)(1 February 2009)
  • Director: Arnaud Desplechin
  • Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon and Mathieu Amalric
  • Original Music By: Grégoire Hetzel   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Transplant | Bone Marrow Transplant | Debt | Christmas | Banishment

Writing Credits By:

  • Arnaud Desplechin (scenario and dialogue) &
  • Emmanuel Bourdieu (scenario and dialogue)

Known Trivia

  • The Fields Medal, noted as having been won by Elizabeth’s husband, is a medal given to a mathematician under 40 who has made a major contribution to the study of Mathematics. Fields Medals are awarded every four years to up to four mathematicians.
  • Faunia (Emmanuelle Devos) is compared physically twice to Angela Bassett.

Goofs: Continuity: While Henri is at the barber shop being shaven, the shaving cream appears and disappears from his upper lip between shots.

Plot: The Vuillard family is no stranger to physical/mental illness, loss, and banishment. But when the matriarch becomes in need of a transplant, the whole family is forced to come together, emotional baggage and all, just in time for Christmas. Full summary » |  »

Story: The Vuillard family gathers: Junon and Abel, a daughter Elizabeth and her son Paul, Henri and a girlfriend, Ivan, his wife Sylvia and their young sons, and cousin Simon. Six years before, Elizabeth paid Henri's debts and demanded he never see her again or visit their parents' home. Paul, at 16, has mental problems and faces a clinical exam. Junon learns she needs a bone marrow transplant if she's to live beyond a few months: thus the détente bringing all together. Two family members have compatible marrow, but the spats, fights, cruel words, drunken toasts, and somewhat civilized bad behavior threaten all; plus Junon may simply refuse treatment. Do we know ourselves?Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  

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Produced By:

  • Pascal Caucheteux known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Catherine Deneuve known as Junon
  • Jean-Paul Roussillon known as Abel, Junon's husband
  • Anne Consigny known as Elizabeth their oldest child
  • Mathieu Amalric known as Henri their middle child
  • Melvil Poupaud known as Ivan their youngest child
  • Hippolyte Girardot known as Claude – Elizabeth's husband
  • Emmanuelle Devos known as Faunia, Henri's lover
  • Chiara Mastroianni known as Sylvia – Ivan's wife
  • Laurent Capelluto known as Simon – Junon's nephew – the painter cousin
  • Emile Berling known as Paull, Elizabeth and Claude's son
  • Thomas Obled known as Basile, Ivan and Sylvia's son
  • Clément Obled known as Baptiste, Ivan and Sylvia's son
  • Françoise Bertin known as Rosaimée, Abel's mother's girlfriend
  • Samir Guesmi known as Spatafora, the family friend at Roubaix
  • Azize Kabouche known as Doctor Zraïdi, the oncologist
  • Mathieu Bakanina known as Le prêtre
  • Thierry Bosc known as La procureur
  • Marie-France Jankula known as La fille
  • Jean-Pierre Jouet known as Le président des experts
  • Philippe Morier-Genoud known as L'ami franc maçon
  • Beata Nilska
  • François Regnault known as L'analyste
  • Hélène Roussel known as Le juge
  • Hélène Darras known as La vendeuse (uncredited)
  • David Frenkel known as Avocat d'Elizabeth (uncredited)
  • Romain Goupil known as (uncredited)
  • Miglen Mirtchev known as L'avocat d'Henri (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Sylvie Aid known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Toma Baqueni known as graphic artist
  • Florent Maillot known as property master
  • Gaëlle Usandivaras known as second assistant decorator
  • François Willenz known as digital artist

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Production Companies:

  • Why Not Productions (presents)
  • France 2 Cinéma (co-production)
  • Wild Bunch (co-production)
  • Bac Films (co-production)
  • Canal+ (with the participation of)
  • CinéCinéma (with the participation of)
  • Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC) (with the participation of)
  • C.R.R.A.V. Nord Pas de Calais (with the support of)
  • Région Nord-Pas-de-Calais (with the support of)
  • Sofica UGC 1 (in association with)

Distributors:

  • Camera Film (2008) (Denmark) (theatrical)
  • Filmfreak Distributie (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Les Films Séville (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Moviola (2010) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Odeon (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Pachamama Cine (2009) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Cinema Mondo (2008) (Finland) (all media)
  • Criterion Collection, The (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Criterion Collection, The (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • E1 Entertainment (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
  • Filmfreak Distributie (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Filmfreak Distributie (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • IFC Films (2008) (USA) (all media)
  • Imovision (2008) (Brazil) (all media)
  • Independent Film Channel (IFC) (2008) (USA) (TV)
  • Teleview International (2008) (Lebanon) (all media) (Middle East)

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Special Effects:

  • Mac Guff Ligne (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Peregrine McCafferty known as digital artist: mac guff ligne
  • Benoit Philippon known as digital compositor
  • Patrick Siboni known as flame artist
  • Martial Vallanchon known as visual effects supervisor

Release Date:

  • France 16 May 2008 (Cannes Film Festival)
  • France 21 May 2008
  • Belgium 11 June 2008
  • Canada 8 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Brazil 26 September 2008 (Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival)
  • Finland 26 September 2008 (Helsinki International Film Festival)
  • Mexico 4 October 2008 (Morelia Film Festival)
  • USA 10 October 2008 (New York Film Festival)
  • Brazil 17 October 2008 (São Paulo International Film Festival)
  • USA 25 October 2008 (Chicago International Film Festival)
  • Denmark 14 November 2008
  • USA 14 November 2008 (limited)
  • Canada 21 November 2008 (Québec)
  • Israel 27 November 2008
  • Finland 28 November 2008
  • Norway 30 November 2008 (Oslo International Film Festival)
  • France 2 December 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Canada 3 December 2008
  • Italy 5 December 2008
  • Sweden 5 December 2008
  • Netherlands 11 December 2008
  • Brazil 25 December 2008
  • Norway 26 December 2008
  • UK 16 January 2009
  • Argentina 26 March 2009 (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema)
  • Hungary 26 March 2009 (Titanic International Filmpresence Festival)
  • Spain 27 March 2009
  • Hong Kong 11 April 2009 (Hong Kong International Film Festival)
  • Turkey 17 April 2009 (Istanbul Film Festival)
  • Portugal 21 May 2009
  • UK 1 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Uruguay 12 June 2009
  • Argentina 2 July 2009
  • Mexico 11 September 2009 (Tour de cine francés en méxico)
  • Japan 20 November 2010

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