Arnaud Desplechin’s complicated and celebratory story of the Vuillard family and their quest for a complete if not perfect Christmas is the subject of our newest acquisition for the holiday season, A Christmas Tale (Un conte de Noël). Catherine Deneueve stars as matriarch Junon who’s facing a life-threatening illness. Gathering her adult children and their families together sets the plot in motion. Issues abound. Back stories are revealed. This film is very French, very intellectual, very modern. A true delight. This is not a feel good or silly holiday film. It’s messy and painful at times, but characters redeem themselves and in the end you are filled with hope. A must-see.
For more traditional Christmas and holiday fare, check out our Media collection downstairs for movies and music to put you in the holiday spirit: