Criterion Close-Up 21: A Christmas Tale (2008)

This is a special Christmas episode as we discuss some end of the year Criterion news along with Arnaud Desplechin’s 2008 A Christmas Tale, released on The Criterion Collection in 2009. Rather than a pleasant family Christmas film that fills all with glee, we have a deep, ensemble family tale with rivalries, bitterness, illness and even betrayal. It culminates with a Christmas reunion out of medical necessity. We dig deep into the film and try to explore and find answers for the divided nature of the characters.

Show notes:


0:00 – Intro, Christmas, Housekeeping 19:00 – News 47:00 – A Christmas Tale


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