Tag Archives: Arnaud Desplechin

Un conte de Noël / A Christmas Tale (2008) Arnaud Desplechin, Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Mathieu Amalric, Comedy, Drama

A Christmas Tale (2008)
In Arnaud Desplechin’s beguiling A Christmas Tale (Un conte de Noël), Catherine Deneuve brings her legendary poise to the role of Junon, matriarch of the troubled Vuillard family, who come together at Christmas after she learns she needs a bone marrow transplant from a blood relative. That simple family reunion setup, however, can’t begin to describe the unpredictable, emotionally volatile experience of this film, an inventive, magical drama that’s equal parts merriment and melancholy. Unrequited childhood loves and blinding grudges, brutal outbursts and sudden slapstick, music, movies, and poetry, A Christmas Tale ties it all together in a marvelously messy package.
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La sentinelle / The Sentinel (1992) Arnaud Desplechin, Emmanuel Salinger, Thibault de Montalembert, Jean-Louis Richard, Thriller

La sentinelle (1992)
Mathias, whose dead father was a diplomat in Germany, decides to study the forensic medicine in Paris. In the train, he has some troubles with the border police, and is insulted and threatened by a strange man, who disappeared quickly. Next day, he discovers in his luggage a shrunken human head. He soons becomes fascinated by it, feeling responsible (sentry of the memory of the head’s owner) and starts his own investigation. What will leads him to cope with French secret services.
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