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A Tale of Delight (2012)

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A young illustrator fights the haunting memories of his wife's tragic death. One day, his hope for healing is at risk when his family's desire for a happy Christmas force him to hold his pain and guilt inside.

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Bryan Bernart ...
Michael
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Camille
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Jessica
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Greg
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Emily
Adam Elliott Davis ...
Dan
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Amanda
Eric Crespo ...
The Ex
Brittan Hall ...
Bryce
Jade Chapin ...
Riley
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Dr. Cross
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Jesse
Stephanie Meyer ...
Jasmine
Varrel Crumlich ...
Austin
Suzanne Owens-Duval ...
Mrs. Franklin (scenes deleted)
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A young illustrator fights the haunting memories of his wife's tragic death. One day, his hope for healing is at risk when his family's desire for a happy Christmas force him to hold his pain and guilt inside.

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How do you find peace when haunted by violence?

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$15,000 (estimated)
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Shot in 14 days over three months. See more »

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A boom mic shadow is visible on the wall when Camille picks up Michael from the clinic. See more »

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The entire closing credits sequence is delivered in complete silence. See more »

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Remake of A Tale of Delight (2010) See more »

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Born to Win
Music by Ghost to Falco
Lyrics by Eric Crespo
Performed by Ghost to Falco
Provided Courtesy of Eric Crespo
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9 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Tale of Delight is a delicate, intimate look at PTSD, a movie full of gradations and yet full swings of time, tone and development. Through the romance starting this film, we get to know the lead character, the real side of Mike. This after the breakthrough he was having from whatever tough upbringing he went through. We have a caring sister with her own problems, a supportive friend who now has kids to raise, a wimpy husband married to a control freak of a cousin.

In short, we have an afflicted Mike dealing with the invasive clumsiness of family and the expert, distanced therapy of a counselor and support house.

We hurt precisely because we're good, or want to be - that was the feeling I got from Mike, so I liked how long it takes us to get to know him. It goes well with the intimacy/intricacy of each scene, how exclusive it feels to witness how he treats a small girl around a Christmas tree, how he speaks directly to the camera at the harrowing end of this film.

And what happens at the end can be up to interpretation, an appropriate un-sugarcoating of a serious issue affecting anyone who has to go through the type of hell Mike does, be they accident victims, men and women in uniform, sufferers of domestic violence, etc.

We often don't know how our kindness affects others. Mike's sister doesn't wait to find out. She, like the audience, like this amazing film, looks post traumatic stress straight in the eye.


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