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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.

Director:

Edd Blott

Writer:

Edd Blott
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Bernart Bryan Bernart ... Michael
Elizabeth Colunga ... Camille
Michelle Damis ... Jessica
Christian Lagadec ... Greg
Heather Rose Walters Heather Rose Walters ... Emily
Adam Elliott Davis ... Dan
Serah Pope ... Amanda
Eric Crespo Eric Crespo ... The Ex
Brittan Hall Brittan Hall ... Bryce
Jade Chapin Jade Chapin ... Riley
Edward Stiner ... Dr. Cross
Tim Harrold ... Jesse
Stephanie Meyer Stephanie Meyer ... Jasmine
Varrel Crumlich Varrel Crumlich ... Austin
Suzanne Owens-Duval 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?

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Portland, Oregon, USA See more »

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Budget:

$15,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A scene of the Christmas pageant referenced early in the film was shot, but cut from the final film. 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 »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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

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Music by Dr. Midnight
Lyrics by Alexander Joseph
Performed by Dr. Midnight
Provided Courtesy of Alexander Joseph
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9 July 2013 | by nm4922197See 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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