Culture Connect Featured Event
A Christmas Tale – Comedy Drama
One of the standout hits of the 2008 Cannes, Toronto, and New York Film Festivals, A CHRISTMAS TALE is Arnaud Desplechin's (KINGS AND QUEEN) dazzling, big-hearted and brilliantly black comedy. In the role that garnered her the Special Prize at Cannes, Catherine Deneuve as Junon, the family matriarch, greets the news of her life-threatening illness with calm equanimity.
Mathieu Amalric gives one of the best performances of the year as the black sheep of the family who returns home after being banished for 6 years with his bemused Jewish girlfriend (Emmanuel Devos) in tow. Crowded under the same roof again, solidarity quickly - and hilariously - devolves into feuding, drunkenness and bed-hopping, as everyone struggles to make sense of the mysteries of family, life, and what lies ahead. Desplechin's masterful narrative has the breadth of a sprawling novel and the nimble wordplay of a classic comedy, while packing the full sensory wallop of pure cinema.
A short movie will be shown also.
This film will be a fund raiser for NAMI Southeastern, which is the National Alliance on Mental Illness in the greater Norwich area. It is an excellent organization that provides advocacy, education and support for people with a mental illness and their families.