Jean-Claude Lother/IFC
Chris Nashawaty
December 02, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

A Christmas Tale

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
152 minutes
Limited Release Date
11/14/08
performer
Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Emile Berling, Mathieu Amalric
director
Arnaud Desplechin
author
Emmanuel Bourdieu, Arnaud Desplechin
genre
Drama
We gave it a B+

The merry old home-for-the-holidays formula gets a somber French twist in the downbeat import A Christmas Tale. Catherine Deneuve, radiant as ever, plays the dying matriarch of a dysfunctional family who needs a bone-marrow transplant from one of her three messed-up children. It’s hard to tell what’s worse, though: her blood or her bloodline. The EXTRAS on this two-disc edition include a great 2007 doc about director Arnaud Desplechin’s own clan and a terrific making-of in English. B+.

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