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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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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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France

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French | English | Russian

Release Date:

24 November 1999 (France) See more »

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Besos para todos See more »

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$238,754

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$238,754
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2.35 : 1
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Includes a recipe for Christmas dinner for twelve. See more »

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References Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) See more »

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Gari Gari
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Arranged by Michel Legrand
Performed by Svetlana de Loutchek
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It's a goddam Christmas tradition over here...
28 April 2003 | by conedustSee all my reviews

Saw "La Buche" last night. It's somewhat dull but pleasant and well-acted throughout. I enjoy the French tendency to feature artists and philosophically inclined persons as cinematic main characters (while we Americans get cops and the pugilistically inclined), and "La Buche" rewards on that level: the characters are lovely, intelligent, articulate and well dressed.

Underneath the surface trappings, however, the movie doesn't have much to say. It's a tribute to emotional cowardice dolled up as a celebration of familial devotion - all in the guise of a Christmas movie. Which would be genuinely funny if "La Buche" were at all cynical about its own motives. As far as I could tell, it isn't. I gather that we're supposed to buy bad decision-making redeemed by absurd coincidence as evidence that true love will out in the end.

P.S. I am beyond tired of the suggestion in French films that infidelity is the one true badge of masculine identity. Didn't this idea become boring in, oh, like, 1965?


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