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

A Christmas Tale

B+
type
  • Movie
Genre

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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A Christmas Tale

type
  • Movie
Genre
mpaa
  • Unrated
runtime
  • 152 minutes
director
  • Arnaud Desplechin
Performers
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