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?
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #492. See more
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
Sylvia - Ivan's wife
She has an ass like Angela Bassett.
Gaude et laetare
Composed by Jan Pieterszoon Sweetlinck
Performed by Westminster Cathedral Choir
(as The Choir of Westminster Cathedral)
Choirleader: M. Baker
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21 November 2008 (USA)
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Also Known As:
A Christmas Tale
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Opening Weekend USA: $63,837,
16 November 2008
Gross USA: $1,060,922
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $7,356,393
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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