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

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A Christmas Tale -- Can a Christmastime scheme hatched by three of the youngest members of the troubled Vuillard family together for a peaceful holiday?
A Christmas Tale -- Screen legend Catherine Deneueve gathers her warring family for a Christmas reunion marked by bitter feuds and the revelation of long-standing secrets.


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The Vuillard family is no stranger to physical/mental illness, loss, and banishment. But when the matriarch becomes in need of a transplant, the whole family is forced to come together, emotional baggage and all, 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)
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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
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:
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Did You Know?

French visa # 117486.See more »
Continuity: When Faunia introduces herself to Abel in the foyer, she takes off her glasses and shakes his hand. In the very next shot, as Abel is greeting Henri, she removes her glasses again.See more »
Sylvia - Ivan's wife:[about Faunia] She has an ass like Angela Bassett.See more »
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Features Funny Face (1957)See more »
Concerto N°2: L'estro armonico, Op. 3See more »


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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
How we would like women to be, 8 December 2009
Author: hasosch from United States

When the Vuillard family comes back from church, on Christmas eve's day, they suddenly realize that Simon the painter is missing. Father Vuillard suggests that his children go to search him, because he has an inclination to drink and gets easily into fights. Since Ivan's wife does not want to go, his former lover Elizabeth goes. Driven by a woman's infallible instinct, she finds Simon immediately in one of those rare bars that are open at that time in Paris, the owner and the guests being mainly Muslims for whom there is no reason to close up during the Christian holidays. And now there comes one of the most wonderful scenes between man and woman in the history of movies: He has already "piccolé" as the French say (is pretty intoxicated) when Elizabeth sits to him at the bar. Simon is just going to order another beer with "side-kick" (probably Wodka), and Elisabeth says first: Do you not think you had already enough for today? - He answers: This is none of your business. There she responds: Well, I am feeling in the same mood as you do and therefore drink the same as you drink. So, there are sitting until almost 4 o' clock in the morning in the little bar and are drinking beer and Wodka, having wonderful discussions because soon, they are on the same "level", and, on top of all, they are even going to get reconciled letting passing revue what went wrong in their common past, and we hear out of Simon's, and soon also out of Elisabeth's mouth some of the most astonishing confessions that they would probably never have been able to utter in any other environment (there is a joke in French between "s'enivrer" = getting drunk and "environment").

In Douglas Sirk's "Written on the wind", there is a similar scene between Robert Stack and Lauren Bacall. Robert escapes a family ceremony and goes boozing in his favorite restaurant, Lauren follows him. But unlike the scene in Desplechin's movie, the confrontation between the two marks only the definite end in their mutual understanding. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, in a book-fragment on Sirk's work, wrote: "Robert starts again to drink. Now, it shows that Lauren Bacall has no solutions for her husband. Instead of going to booze together with him, instead of trying to understand some bits of his grief, she gets more and more pure and causes one more and more to throw up" (translated by the present author from: R.W. Fassbinder, Filme Befreien Den Kopf. Frankfurt am Main 1984, p. 16).

Another wonderful example of women-power happens between Faunia (Emmanuelle Devos) and Henry (Mathieu Amalric) who plays her lover. Henry, being a drinker, lets himself provoke to analyze the miserable situation of their dysfunctional family in an extremely theatric way attacking directly the husband of one of his sisters who sits besides him. After he is knocked down by this husband and lies on the soil, Faunia seems to be amused by not startled at all about this situation. When he gets on his feet again he throws her his car-keys on the table and says that she has come in the wrong moment to meet his family and that he wants her to "scram". But she sets up one of her absolutely disarming smiles, shoots him with a short but highly intellectual comment and asks him if this would not be nice of him to bring her now a coffee. Henry's face looks like a tank was driven over it.

Arnaud Desplechin's movies are as far away from everything that is produced by or imitated from Hollywood as they can be. They are symphonies of style where the rhythm seems to tell the different interwoven stories rather than they are connected by an inner succession. This film consists practically exclusively of a super-all-star cast of the most famous still living French actors. A true highlight.

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