‘A Christmas Tale’ is another portion of Arnaud Desplechin’s movies that depict struggles, and unending family problems. It is a perfect example of the many issues that require fixation in families and how many go about it. However, it maintains a constant focus that surely captivates everybody. The film introduces us to Junon Vuillard (Catherine Deneuve), the confident matriarch who governs a network of children. The network also includes her grandchildren, plus in-laws. Among the peculiar characters, there are those who are alcoholic, mentally unstable, the successful ones, and the quarrelsome ones. The movie illustrates notable parts of their private lives and their role as part of Junon’s monarchy. The film is ultimately less about how this heavy-weight family copes with its struggles that certainly threatens their bond. The film also depicts how the extended network actually plays part in creating distance in the family. Apart from the general family matters, the individual players also have to deal with their private matters that are mostly left uncovered. Arnaud’s film is a startling immersion into a modern world with its matters and it also generally revolves around family chaos!
A Christmas Tale (2008)
Man is strong. Man’s body may be made of the lesser elements but his soul is as mighty as steel. We can get a taste of it by the tales of grit when it comes to dealing with a handicap. The soul clearly scores over the body as it can overcome handicaps and travel across multiple realms. The fortitude of the soul is nonpareil. Many know the strength with which Helen Keeler faced life despite being triply disabled. The deaf, dumb and blind lady conquered her disabilities to educate herself and lead a normal life. The film in question also depicts the grit of Jean Dominique Bauby who is left trapped within a paralyzed body after a stroke. He is better known as the editor of Elle. The only organ free of the curse of paralysis in his left eye. The film describes the journey of the man of substance right from his normal days to his post-traumatic days when we can see the sterling quality of his soul. Julian Schnabel has directed the classic.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
Its French title is- ‘Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse’ a prequel to ‘My Sex Life… or How I Got into an Argument’. The film focuses on Paul Dédalus’ life right from his childhood to adulthood and his life course relates to our lives in one way or another. Now an adult, Paul Dédalus (Quentin Dolmaire), an anthropologist is preparing to leave Tajikistan, a country where his memories fall back to back in flashbacks. In his flashbacks, we learn of his childhood during his stay in Roubaix and his mother’s attacks of madness. To add to that, his father’s alienating depression is revealed in a shocking way. His personal life involves partying and a trip he took back then to the USSR, where his mission made him sleep with a young. Still, in his flashbacks, a friend who betrayed him is revealed and lastly, the charming love of his life. The film discloses unreliable events of Paul’s life but manages to present each with charisma. The past fragments are definitely beautiful and happy memories that the director managed to present excellently. The drama has won various awards, including for the best director and SACD Prize.
My Golden Days (2015)
Ismaël Vuillard (Mathieu Amalric) makes films and is about to finalize one about Ivan, an atypical diplomat inspired by his brother. Ismaël is also working on the project with Bloom, his superior and father-in-law. Ismaël has got his own past and now lives to enjoy the present with his new wife Sylvia. Back then, he was first married to Carlotta, who later passed away. Director Arnaud Desplechin incorporates various story elements into one box, showcasing drama, comedy, and mystery. Desplechin’s films have always illustrated a different version of film aspects with “A Christmas Tale” as a vivid example. Ismael’s Ghosts premiered 2017’s Cannes Film Festival and it was also an opening film. Charlotte Gainsbourg, who stars in the film as Sylvia managed to win a Cannes Award for best actress for her role in Antichrist. Ismael’s Ghosts is director Arnaud Desplechin’s sixth collaboration with Mathieu Amalric. Surprisingly, the film collects various César winners “Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marion Cotillard, Mathieu Amalric, and Louis Garrel. Though holds a powerful cast, the film has an average rating. After From the Land of the Moon (2016), Marion Cotillard and Louis Garrel are again reunited.