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A Christmas Tale ()

Un conte de Noël (original title)
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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.

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Cast

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Junon Vuillard
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Abel - Junon's husband
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Elizabeth Dédalus - Abel and Junon's oldest child
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Henri Vuillard - Abel and Junon's middle child
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Ivan Vuillard - - Abel and Junon's youngest child
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Claude Dédalus- Elizabeth's husband
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Faunia - Henri's lover
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Sylvia Vuillard - Ivan's wife
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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
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Spatafora - the family friend at Roubaix
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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
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L'analyste
Hélène Roussel ...
Le juge
Hélène Darras ...
La vendeuse (uncredited)
David Frenkel ...
L'avocat d'Elizabeth (uncredited)
Romain Goupil ...
L'ami psychiatre (uncredited)
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Maître Bakine - l'avocat d'Henri (uncredited)

Directed by

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Arnaud Desplechin

Written by

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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

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Martine Cassinelli ... executive producer
Pascal Caucheteux ... producer
Pierre Héros ... co-producer (uncredited)
Vincent Maraval ... co-producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Grégoire Hetzel
Mike Kourtzer ... composer

Cinematography by

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Eric Gautier

Film Editing by

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Laurence Briaud

Editorial Department

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Miguel Bejo ... telecine dailies colorist
Isabelle Julien ... color grader
Laurencina Lam ... post-production assistant
Tuong Vi Nguyen-Long ... first assistant editor

Casting By

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Stéphane Touitou

Production Design by

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Daniel Bevan ... (as Dan Bevan)

Set Decoration by

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Caroline Dessimond

Costume Design by

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Nathalie Raoul

Makeup Department

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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

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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

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Lucie Borleteau ... assistant director
Colomba Falcucci ... second assistant director
Céline Huyghebaert ... assistant director
François Mathon ... assistant director
Alexandre Nazarian ... assistant director: documentary
Fred Nicolas ... first assistant director (as Frédéric Nicolas)
Gabriele Roux ... first assistant director
Hélène Serra ... assistant director
Mathieu Vaillant ... assistant director

Art Department

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Marie-Pierre Aynes ... art department assistant
Toma Baqueni ... graphic artist
Gils Barichnikoff ... property buyer
Pascale Courtois ... painter
Paul-Louis Courtois ... painter
Jackie Delevoye ... painter
Guillaume Deviercy ... property master
Oumelkeir Dewavrin ... assistant decorator
Fathi El Aihar ... assistant decorator / ripper
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
Sophie Lampkin ... head painter
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

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Nicolas Cantin ... sound editor / sound
Roberto Cappannelli ... re-recording mixer
Jacques Defrance ... foley artist (as Jacques de France)
Roland Duboué ... assistant sound editor / music editor
Jean-Pierre Laforce ... 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 / sound assistant
Mélissa Petitjean ... re-recording mixer
Julien Sicart ... additional sound / boom operator
Jean-Alexandre Villemer ... sound recordist

Special Effects by

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Jean-Christophe Bourgeois ... special effects technician
Olivier de Laveleye ... special effects
Marie Pierre Francx ... special effects (as Marie-Pierre Franck)

Visual Effects by

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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

Stunts

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Pascal Guégan ... stunts
Daniel Vérité ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Éric Alirol ... electrician
Néwine Behi ... camera operator
François Berroir ... gaffer
Damien Bret ... electrician
Gérard Buffard ... key grip
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 ... a camera focus puller: retake
Ludovic Petit ... electrician

Casting Department

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Astrid Mouget ... casting: children
Beatrice Saorin ... casting director: children

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Isabelle Blanc ... costumer
Geneviève Danguis ... costumer
Mahemiti Deregnaucourt ... costumer
Charlotte Dubois ... dresser

Location Management

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Lysiane Biagini ... location scout
Julie Nouzareth ... location manager

Music Department

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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

Script and Continuity Department

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Agnès Feuvre ... script supervisor

Other crew

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Toma Baqueni ... shadow theater and family photos by
Agnès Chabot ... press attache
Huma Khan ... legal post production
Nicolas Livecchi ... production assistant
Alexandre Nazarian ... researcher
Sylvia Pain ... production administrator
Cédric Villani ... mathematical demonstrations
Wendelin Werner ... mathematical demonstrations

Thanks

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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
Bertrand Hassiny-Bonnette ... thanks (as Hassini-Bonette)
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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Storyline

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Plot Summary

The Vuillard family gathers: Junon and Abel, a daughter Elizabeth and her son Paul, Henri and a girlfriend, Ivan, his wife Sylvia and their young sons, and cousin Simon. Six years before, Elizabeth paid Henri's debts and demanded he never see her again or visit their parents' home. Paul, at 16, has mental problems and faces a clinical exam. Junon learns she needs a bone marrow transplant if she's to live beyond a few months: thus the détente bringing all together. Two family members have compatible marrow, but the spats, fights, cruel words, drunken toasts, and somewhat civilized bad behavior threaten all; plus Junon may simply refuse treatment. Do we know ourselves? Written by

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Also Known As
  • A Christmas Tale (United States)
  • Christmas Story (Japan, English title)
  • A Christmas Tale (World-wide, English title)
  • A Christmas Tale (United Kingdom)
  • Ein Weihnachtsmärchen (Germany)
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Runtime
  • 150 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia The Fields Medal, noted as having been won by Elizabeth's husband, is a medal given to a mathematician under 40 who has made a major contribution to the study of Mathematics. Fields Medals are awarded every four years to up to four mathematicians. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Another Top 10 Best Christmas Movies of All Time (2017). See more »
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Quotes 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."
Sylvia - Ivan's wife: What did you reply?
Simon - Junon's nephew - the painter cousin: I can't remember. "She's right for you."
Sylvia - Ivan's wife: Exactly! The exact words!
Simon - Junon's nephew - the painter cousin: "Take her, she's yours."
Sylvia - Ivan's wife: I'm not to be given, like a camel or a goat.
Simon - Junon's nephew - the painter cousin: I didn't give you. I was 27. An idiot. I was hollow. Still am.
Sylvia - Ivan's wife: Did you love me?
Simon - Junon's nephew - the painter cousin: Yes.
Sylvia - Ivan's wife: Do you love me?
Simon - Junon's nephew - the painter cousin: Yes.
Sylvia - Ivan's wife: Scumbag! You're part of the game! By choosing for me, you played.
Simon - Junon's nephew - the painter cousin: I was right. Ivan loved you infinitely.
Sylvia - Ivan's wife: It's your love that was infinite. You played my hand and you cheated. Now I'll never know my life. It's not mine. I wasn't free to prefer Ivan.
Simon - Junon's nephew - the painter cousin: Henri was there, too.
Sylvia - Ivan's wife: It's not the same. You really love me. Henri wanted sex, and got it. For 10 years, you've had no life. You're pathetic in your studio. You don't talk. You're sad. You spend Sundays doing the dishes, stealing glances, avoiding my kids. You're a failure, clinging to the Vuillards. You never got over me.
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