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La bûche (1999)

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Christmas, family, and infidelity. Yvette's husband has died, and her grown daughters join her at the grave: Sonia, wealthy, bourgeois, and generous; Louba, living with their dad Stanislas,... See full summary »

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Danièle Thompson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sabine Azéma ... Louba
Emmanuelle Béart ... Sonia
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Milla Robin
Claude Rich ... Stanislas
Françoise Fabian ... Yvette
Christopher Thompson Christopher Thompson ... Joseph
Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... Gilbert
Isabelle Carré ... Annabelle
Samuel Labarthe ... Pierre
Françoise Brion ... Janine
Hélène Fillières ... Véronique
Thierry Hancisse ... Le fleuriste
Marie de Villepin ... Marie
Didier Becchetti Didier Becchetti ... L'escort-boy
Jean-Pierre Marino Jean-Pierre Marino ... Le cardiologue
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Christmas, family, and infidelity. Yvette's husband has died, and her grown daughters join her at the grave: Sonia, wealthy, bourgeois, and generous; Louba, living with their dad Stanislas, singing at a Russian restaurant, penniless, the mistress for the past 12 years of a man who will never leave his wife; Milla, the youngest, acerbic, lonesome. Christmas was when they learned their parents were divorcing 25 years ago. Over the next few days, yuletide depression, Louba's pregnancy, Sonia's crumbling marriage, Stanislas's overtures to Yvette, and Milla's attraction to the man who's her father's rent-free lodger lead each one to re-examine self, family, and hopes. Is renewal possible? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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'Tis the Season to be Jolly!

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English | Russian

Release Date:

24 November 1999 (France) See more »

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Besos para todos See more »

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Gross USA:

$238,754

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$238,754
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2.35 : 1
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Crazy Credits

Includes a recipe for Christmas dinner for twelve. See more »

Connections

References The 400 Blows (1959) See more »

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Silent Night
Written by Joseph Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber
Performed by Dean Martin
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Worth Renting
29 August 2002 | by SpyderbabeSee all my reviews

Interesting look at individual family members as they approach the dreaded Christmas Holidays. Nothing is as it seems and everyone's issues have deep roots. Well lit and filmed the film is a little long and slow in places but worth a look.


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