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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Emile Tremblay's rating of the film A Christmas Tale

  2. Nachtreich's rating of the film A Christmas Tale

    ☆ e mezzo. Inaspettatamente gradevole, nel complesso.

  3. NCMBianchi's rating of the film A Christmas Tale

    [More like 3.5] There's much good and... would-not-know-how-to-define-it (as it is not 'bad') in this movie: the character-building is amazing, and the cinematography choices are bold and meaningful (despite many people criticising the sudden change of focal length), yet some scenes seem to break out of the movie canons just for the sake of being unusual (e.g. people breaking the forth wall, peeping holes...).

  4. Christofi Cotonou's rating of the film A Christmas Tale

    4.5... It can't get top marks because it feels like Desplechin wanted to tell about twenty stories in two hours, and but three are realised. On another note; the representation of the French petit-bourgeoise is solid (even if it's meant to be surreal). It reminded me of visiting my ex's family in Troyes for Christmas... Odd sexual, lyrical (and ultimately Gallic) tensions.

  5. mis marg's rating of the film A Christmas Tale

    Waiting for Jesus,looking for Simon, enduring Henri....... Simon, -" I live for you , paint for myself." Loving Simon and Ivan..... Bits of everyone added, taken away, conflicting ... Edges of life bordered by death.

  6. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film A Christmas Tale

    A Christmas Tale has some good moments here and there, and many people think that it's a great movie, but it left me ultimately unsatisfied and disappointed that I'd wasted over two hours in the company of people I didn't really learn all that much about.

  7. Superfrog's rating of the film A Christmas Tale

    Very well done, both cinematographically and in text. I don't think I want to describe it more as it is an experience more than pure storytelling. If you are not a French speaker (perfection is not always available), you will miss out on some of the best written dialogues in a long time, witty and delicate.

  8. McOpinionated's rating of the film A Christmas Tale

    A great script and great ensemble cast, exploring selfishness and togetherness in the upper middle class family of disinterested parents. The death in early childhood of their oldest child affects everyone and everything - they are all too close, even in their unbelievable cruelness and rudeness. They tolerate everything, even the opportunistic 6-year exile of the obnoxious Henri. Weird film-making gets in the way.

  9. Muriel's rating of the film A Christmas Tale

    A household cast under a spell: a shadow-puppet prologue and a touch of Dieterle's Midsummer Night's Dream yield a family drama like no other, both intensely cerebral and deeply affecting. Plus, a magical score, and one of Mathieu AmalrIc's most abrasive, unforgettable performances. There's an undeniable streak of misogyny running through Desplechin's cinema, but this may be his most perfect film so far.

  10. David Latto's rating of the film A Christmas Tale

    What a wonderful film! Although, at the beginning it is so depressing that it seems to be trying everything in its power to make you stop watching. Slowly, very slowly you are drawn into this patchwork quilt of a family, each one believing, for their own neurotic reasons, that life is has been unfair to them. I still don't know why I watched this to the bitter end, but I'm glad I did.

  11. Rice Dream Girl's rating of the film A Christmas Tale

    The realities of familial expression. A hefty film that is nevertheless light on its feet and stylistically charming. A perennial favorite of mine—my annual viewing is a highlight of Advent.

  12. depesando's rating of the film A Christmas Tale

    Enjoyed this very much, even the most grotesque characters had something to offer - and who hasn't struggled with the claustrophobia of forced Christmas gatherings. My French really isn't that good so I relied on the subtitles (which may not have been that subtle) - says more about the coldness of the English language than anything - but didn't detract. Every cast member is sublime.

  13. Ausencia's rating of the film A Christmas Tale

    A coral movie, with a classic plot: it explores the past of a french family, devasted by misunderstandings, reunited at Christmas around Junon, a beautiful woman, waiting for marrow transplant. The extraordinary thing about this movie is that altough sometimes it seems glacial and vougue, characters discuss about tragedies with a smile, and acceptance as well. Very fluid you never get bored!

  14. Harriehhh's rating of the film A Christmas Tale

    So-so French cinema. It doesn’t feel like wasted time, but two and a half hours could also be better spent. Cuts were needed.

  15. Laura Suffield's rating of the film A Christmas Tale

    It's very entertaining and well-acted holiday viewing but it's a pretty average film overall.

  16. kirsten's rating of the film A Christmas Tale

    Unnecessarily long and unbelievable, tone and style all over the place. Wonderful acting ensemble.

  17. Cristian Necsulescu's rating of the film A Christmas Tale

  18. Shane Ewen's rating of the film A Christmas Tale

    Strong performances, if a little stagey in parts. Ultimately too much bourgeois naval gazing.

  19. Eric Eidelstein's rating of the film A Christmas Tale

    Catherine Deneuve is my favorite icy French matriarch, and that means a lot because there are a lot of great icy French matriarchs.

  20. Wee Hunk's rating of the film A Christmas Tale

    Stylistically, it's all over the place. It switches to telescopic view for no apparent reason. The actors talk to the camera, both in the scene and in a studio. There are scenes that are similar to those 'Previously on ...' which summarize events a bit too quickly. Overall, the stylistic changes serve to obfuscate the plot to the point where I no longer cared.

  21. Pierre.F's rating of the film A Christmas Tale

    Film génial qui est vraiment original au sein des nombreux films qui traitent de la famille. Une bande son trop cool par Hetzel qui alterne entre rap et musique classique. Et enfin une performance incroyable de Mathieu Amalric qui restera en plus mon personnage préféré.

  22. Paul La Board's rating of the film A Christmas Tale

    Desplechin sera un jour révéré comme le sont maintenant Godard ou Kubrick.

  23. fada19's rating of the film A Christmas Tale

    Dans la rubrique : famille je vous hais !

  24. Shahin Katila's rating of the film A Christmas Tale

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