THE BEST FILM OF THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL .
— Andrew O'Hehir, Salon
A marvelously rich visual, intellectual and emotional experience. CINEMATIC HEAVEN.
— Kent Jones, Film Comment
It filled me with unadulterated joy.
— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
MARVELOUS AND EXHILARATING. This is a film you don't want to see end, not because the people are so happy but because they are so human and alive.
— A. O. Scott, The New York Times
Presented by IFC Films | France | 143 MINS | NR
One of the standout hits of the Cannes, Toronto, and New York Film Festivals, A CHRISTMAS TALE is Arnaud Desplechin’s (KINGS AND QUEEN) dazzling, big-hearted and brilliantly black comedy. In the role that garnered her the Special Prize at Cannes, Catherine Deneuve us Junon, the family matriarch, who greets the news of her life-threatening illness with calm equanimity. Desplechin regular Mathieu Amalric gives one of the best performances of the year as the black sheep of the family who returns home after being banished for 6 years with his bemused Jewish girlfriend (Emmanuel Devos) in tow. Crowded under the same roof again, solidarity quickly – and hilariously – devolves into feuding, drunkenness and bed-hopping, as everyone struggles to make sense of the mysteries of family, life, and what lies ahead. Desplechin’s masterful narrative has the breadth of a sprawling novel and the nimble wordplay of a classic comedy, while packing the full sensory wallop of pure cinema.
- Arnaud Desplechin
- Pascal Caucheteux
Special Prize for the 61st Festival - Catherine Deneuve
Cannes Film Festival