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A Christmas Tale (2008) More at IMDbPro »Un conte de Noël (original title)

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Release Date:
21 May 2008 (France) See more »
The troubled Vuillard family is no stranger to illness, grief, and banishment, but when their matriarch requires a bone-marrow transplant, the estranged clan reunites just in time for Christmas. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Catherine Deneuve ... Junon Vuillard
Jean-Paul Roussillon ... Abel - Junon's husband

Anne Consigny ... Elizabeth Dédalus - Abel and Junon's oldest child

Mathieu Amalric ... Henri Vuillard - Abel and Junon's middle child

Melvil Poupaud ... Ivan Vuillard - - Abel and Junon's youngest child

Hippolyte Girardot ... Claude Dédalus- Elizabeth's husband

Emmanuelle Devos ... Faunia - Henri's lover

Chiara Mastroianni ... Sylvia Vuillard - Ivan's wife

Laurent Capelluto ... Simon - Junon's nephew - the painter cousin
Emile Berling ... Paul Dédalus - Elizabeth and Claude's son
Thomas Obled ... Basile 'Baz' Vuillard - Ivan and Sylvia's son
Clément Obled ... Baptiste - Ivan and Sylvia's son
Françoise Bertin ... Rosaimée Vuillard - Abel's mother's girlfriend

Samir Guesmi ... Spatafora - the family friend at Roubaix
Azize Kabouche ... Doctor Zraïdi - the oncologist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mathieu Bakanina ... Le prêtre
Thierry Bosc ... La procureur
Marie-France Jaskula ... La fidèle
Jean-Pierre Jouet ... Le président des experts
Philippe Morier-Genoud ... L'ami franc-maçon
Beata Nilska ... L'anesthésiste
François Regnault ... L'analyste
Hélène Roussel ... Le juge
Hélène Darras ... La vendeuse (uncredited)
David Frenkel ... L'avocat d'Elizabeth (uncredited)
Romain Goupil ... L'ami psychiatre (uncredited)

Miglen Mirtchev ... Maître Bakine - l'avocat d'Henri (uncredited)

Directed by
Arnaud Desplechin 
Writing credits
Arnaud Desplechin (scenario and dialogue) and
Emmanuel Bourdieu (scenario and dialogue)

Jacques Asher (inspired by: "La Greffe") (as J. Asher) &
Jean-Pierre Jouet (inspired by: "La Greffe") (as J.P. Jouet)

Produced by
Martine Cassinelli .... executive producer
Pascal Caucheteux .... producer
Pierre Héros .... co-producer (uncredited)
Vincent Maraval .... co-producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Grégoire Hetzel 
Cinematography by
Eric Gautier 
Film Editing by
Laurence Briaud 
Casting by
Stéphane Touitou 
Production Design by
Daniel Bevan  (as Dan Bevan)
Set Decoration by
Caroline Dessimond 
Costume Design by
Nathalie Raoul 
Makeup Department
Sylvie Aid .... key makeup artist
Jean-Marie Cuvilo .... hair stylist
Mina Matsumura .... makeup artist
Eric Monteil .... hair stylist
Helen Murphy .... makeup artist
Frédéric Souquet .... hair stylist
Production Management
Gwenaëlle Alglave .... assistant unit manager
Lucie Bercez .... assistant unit manager
Edouard Decker .... unit production manager
Anne-Claire Delmas .... assistant unit manager
Bruno Deschátrette .... assistant unit manager (as Bruno Deschatrette)
David Edouard .... assistant unit manager
Anne Farrer .... assistant unit manager
Simon François .... assistant unit manager
Chloé Huet .... assistant unit manager
Laurencina Lam .... assistant post-production manager
Thibault Leclercq .... assistant unit manager
Sandra Marinier .... assistant production manager
Cristobal Matheron .... unit manager
Béatrice Mauduit .... post-production manager
Clarisse Merel .... assistant unit manager
Julien Minet .... assistant unit manager
Jean-Patrick Nourricier .... assistant unit manager: retake
Benoît Pilot .... production manager
Olivier Riche .... assistant unit manager
Isabelle Tillou .... production manager
Nils Zachariasen .... additional unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lucie Borleteau .... assistant director
Colomba Falcucci .... second assistant director
Céline Huyghebaert .... assistant director
François Mathon .... assistant director
Alexandre Nazarian .... assistant director: documentary
Frédéric Nicolas .... first assistant director
Gabriele Roux .... first assistant director
Hélène Serra .... assistant director
Mathieu Vaillant .... assistant director
Art Department
Marie-Pierre Aynes .... art department assistant
Toma Baqueni .... graphic artist
Gils Barichnikoff .... property buyer
Pascale Courtois .... painter
Paul-Louis Courtois .... painter
Jackie Delevoye .... props
Guillaume Deviercy .... property master
Oumelkeir Dewavrin .... assistant decorator
Fathi El Aihar .... assistant decorator
David Fargot .... painter
Georges Goyon .... swing gang
Gaëlle Guitard .... assistant decorator
Stephanie Guitard .... set dresser (as Stéphanie Guitard)
Alain Haidon .... painter
Mohamed Jabbad .... assistant decorator
Ian Letort .... art department runner
Stéphane Loup .... set dresser
Florent Maillot .... property master
Bruno Nicolas .... carpenter
Gregory Quesque .... carpenter
Ludovic Treny .... carpenter
Gaëlle Usandivaras .... second assistant decorator
François Willenz .... digital artist
Sound Department
Nicolas Cantin .... sound editor
Nicolas Cantin .... sound
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Jacques Defrance .... foley artist (as Jacques de France)
Roland Duboué .... assistant sound editor
Roland Duboué .... music editor
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound re-recording mixer
Lionel Le Bras .... post-synchronization boom operator
Jean-Louis Lebras .... post-synchronization boom operator (as Jean-Louis Le Bras)
Didier Lesage .... foley recordist
Sylvain Malbrant .... sound
Jean-Max Morise .... post-synchronization
Philippe Penot .... foley artist
Jérôme Petit .... assistant sound editor
Jérôme Petit .... sound assistant
Mélissa Petitjean .... sound re-recording mixer
Julien Sicart .... additional sound
Julien Sicart .... boom operator
Jean-Alexandre Villemer .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Jean-Christophe Bourgeois .... special effects technician
Olivier de Laveleye .... special effects
Marie Pierre Franck .... special effects (as Marie-Pierre Franck)
Visual Effects by
Marie-Claire Bazart .... visual effects supervisor
Jacques Bled .... visual effects producer
Alexandre Boiron .... flame artist
Emilien Dessons .... digital effects artist
Delphine Domer .... visual effects coordinator (as Delphine 'Fifine' Domer)
Sebastien Gombeaud-Saintonge .... flame artist (as Sébastien Gombeaud-Saintonge)
Peregrine McCafferty .... digital artist: mac guff ligne
Benoit Philippon .... digital compositor
Patrick Siboni .... flame artist
Martial Vallanchon .... visual effects supervisor
Pascal Guégan .... stunts
Daniel Vérité .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Éric Alirol .... electrician
Néwine Behi .... camera operator
François Berroir .... gaffer
Damien Bret .... electrician
Gerard Buffard .... key grip (as Gérard Buffard)
Julien Buffard .... grip
Arnaud Carney .... second assistant camera
Xavier Cholet .... electrician
Raphaël Dougé .... assistant camera
Malek Krimed .... assistant camera
Kareem La Vaullée .... Steadicam operator
Nathalie Lao .... assistant camera
Julien Leblond .... electrician
Jean-Claude Lother .... still photographer
Eric Nové .... grip (as Eric Nove)
Fabienne Octobre .... first assistant camera
Ludovic Petit .... electrician
Casting Department
Astrid Mouget .... casting: children
Beatrice Saorin .... casting: children
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Isabelle Blanc .... costumer
Geneviève Danguis .... costumer
Mahemiti Deregnaucourt .... costumer
Charlotte Dubois .... dresser
Editorial Department
Isabelle Julien .... color grader
Laurencina Lam .... post-production assistant
Tuong Vi Nguyen-Long .... first assistant editor
Music Department
David Braccini .... musician: violon
Karen Brunon .... musician: violon
Catherine Cantin .... musician: flûte
Doriane Gable .... musician: violon
Matthieu Gonet .... conductor
Max Guiguet .... additional music: Conseiller musical & musiques électroniques
Grégoire Hetzel .... orchestrator
Bruno Hovart .... composer: additional music
Thomas Jamois .... soundtrack producer
Mathieu Lamboley .... orchestrator assistant
Other crew
Toma Baqueni .... shadow theater and family photos by
Lysiane Biagini .... location scout
Agnès Chabot .... press attache
Agnès Feuvre .... script supervisor
Nicolas Livecchi .... production assistant
Alexandre Nazarian .... researcher
Julie Nouzareth .... location manager
Sylvia Pain .... production administrator
Cédric Villani .... mathematical demonstrations
Wendelin Werner .... mathematical demonstrations
Manuel Alduy .... thanks
Jacques Asher .... thanks
Hervé Basch .... thanks
C. Becquart .... thanks: Ville de Roubaix
Valérie Boyer .... thanks
Philippe Brame .... thanks: Musée de l'Art et de l'Industrie de Roubaix
Monsieur Candriès .... thanks: Mairie de Tourcoing
Dominique Charron .... thanks (as Professeur Dominique Charron)
Brahim Chioua .... thanks
Monsieur Cole .... thanks: Cimetière de Tourcoing
Hector Contouris .... thanks
Isabelle Debeunyck .... thanks
Jean-David Debeunyck .... thanks
Monsieur Delcroix .... thanks: EDF Roubaix
S. Deswarte .... thanks: CNRS Images
Raphaël Douady .... thanks
Didier Duverger .... thanks
Monsieur Gaudichon .... thanks: Musée La Piscine
Colette Gervais .... thanks
Frédérique Gifford .... thanks
Olivier Goinard .... thanks
Hassini-Bonette .... thanks
Pierre Héros .... thanks
Jean-Pierre Jouet .... thanks
M. Kalikowski .... thanks: Ville de Roubaix
Kathleen .... thanks: Hôpital Tenon de Paris
V. Kleiner .... thanks: CNRS Images
T. Klinek .... thanks: IGN
Mike Kourtzer .... thanks
Jean Labadie .... thanks
P. Layille .... thanks: SNCF Lille
Madame Lorsin .... thanks: Hôpital Provo Roubaix
Brigitte Maccioni .... thanks
Vincent Maraval .... thanks
M. Moudard .... thanks: Ville de Roubaix
Hayette Méchouar .... thanks
Mélanie .... thanks: Musée La Piscine
Monsieur Nerdellec .... thanks: Hôpital Provo Roubaix
Omar .... thanks: Bar aux Alouettes
Madame Petit .... thanks: Hôpital Provo Roubaix
Julie Peyr .... thanks
A. Philouze .... thanks: SNCF Lille
C. Pierrache .... thanks: Salle des Fêtes de Croix
Roodolphe Ploquin .... thanks
T. Pollet .... thanks: Salle des Fêtes de Croix
Péguy .... thanks: Grand Hôtel de Roubaix
Patricia Ribaud .... thanks (as Dr. Patricia Ribaud)
Monsieur Seynave .... thanks: Hôpital Provo Roubaix
Madame Staneck .... thanks: CHRU de Lille
Isabelle Terrel .... thanks
D. Thierry-Mieg .... thanks: CNRS Images
Eva Torreton .... thanks
Pierre Torreton .... thanks
S. Turk .... thanks: Ville de Roubaix
Charlotte Viort .... thanks
Pierre Walfisz .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Un conte de Noël" - France (original title)
"Christmas Story" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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France:150 min | USA:150 min | Argentina:150 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

French visa # 117486.See more »
Continuity: While Henri is at the barber shop being shaven, the shaving cream appears and disappears from his upper lip between shots.See more »
Sylvia - Ivan's wife:When did it happen?
Simon - Junon's nephew - the painter cousin:What do you mean?
Sylvia - Ivan's wife:I want details. She mentioned a decision you all made. Tell me where and when. Was it here?
Simon - Junon's nephew - the painter cousin:Easter vacation, 1991. At the community centre. You were next door.
Sylvia - Ivan's wife:I remember. Is Ivan aware of this?
Simon - Junon's nephew - the painter cousin:It's history.
Sylvia - Ivan's wife:Was Ivan with you? Or did you and Henri decide our fate behind his back?
Simon - Junon's nephew - the painter cousin:Ivan was there.
Sylvia - Ivan's wife:What did you say?
Simon - Junon's nephew - the painter cousin:Henri and I were talking about you. Guy talk. Ivan was quiet, smiling. Then he said, "If I don't get her, I'll never get over it."
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Movie Connections:
References The New World (2005)See more »
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36 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
A loving film about some unlovable people, 23 November 2008
Author: Michael Fargo from San Francisco

It just doesn't get much better than this for fans of movie-making…or fans of music, art, literature, philosophy…even algebra? Arnaud Desplechin uses Robert Altman's impressionistic approach to film-making taking multiple characters, plots lines then adding Altman's playfulness with cinematic technique to dazzle the viewer with a rich mix of ideas and allusions. Watching, you just don't want it to end.

The actors here—as in Altman—take center stage. Catherine Deneuve is the reluctant matriarch of some pretty messed-up siblings. We aren't ever clued in on the exact details of the rifts and jealousies. We just recognize them from our own family experiences. During an introduction to the cast of characters at the beginning of the film, the death of a young infant early in the family's history suggests that interpersonal problems will result, but it can't be the sole reason for the pathologies represented. As in life, it's never a simple thing to find the "reason" for conflict, unhappiness or even joy. We simply have to accept it and make the best of the situations before us. And this film is a wonderful demonstration of making the best of a real mess.

There's not a weak link in the cast. And as the bizarre begin to assemble for a very strange Christmas homecoming the delight we feel for being onlookers instead of participants is palpable in the audience.

I should warn that this is not a film in the tradition of "Home Alone" or "A Christmas Story." You may wait a long time for the Baby Jesus to arrive here (as the children on the screen do). It's more a film about family life and the peculiar kind of fulfillment we get from the strife that results. As with the "ghost wolf" in this family's basement, we're haunted by the familiar and the strange: it's both fearful and thrilling to see. And that's a very admirable accomplishment for Arnaud Desplechin.

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