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A Christmas Tale

Arnaud Desplechin
Un conte de Noël
France 2008 / 150’

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.

Cannes IFF 2008

Arnaud Desplechin was born 31.10.1960 in Roubaix. The French director, best known for 1996's My Sex Life ....or How I Got Into An Argument has been challenging moviegoers for over a decade with his challenging, intricately crafted films.


1991 La vie des morts

1992 Strażnik / La Sentinelle

1996 Comment je me suis disputé... (ma vie sexuelle) / My Sex Life ... or How I Got into an Argument

2000 Esther Kahn

2003 En jouant « Dans la compagnie des hommes »

2004 Rois et reine / Kings and Queen

2007 L'Aimée (dok. /doc)

2008 Świąteczne opowieści / Un conte de Noël / A Christmas Tale

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