Dir. Arnaud Desplechin, 2008, France, 143 min, 35 mm, color
With Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Anne Consigny, Mathieu Amalric, Melvil Poupaud, Chiara Mastroianni, Emmanuelle Devos
In French with English subtitles
Nominee, 2008 Cannes Film Festival
Arnaud Desplechin directs this big-hearted black comedy starring Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Devos, Catherine Deneuve, and Melvil Poupaud about a dysfunctional family coming together for Christmas only to face a very serious decision that quickly disintegrates into both hilarious and bitter feuding.
The sweet derision of the words sticks beautifully to the film. To its hushed elegance. To its insidious cruelty. And to his strange disenchantment. — Télérama