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La bûche (1999)

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Christmas, family, and infidelity. Yvette's husband has died, and her grown daughters join her at the grave: Sonia, wealthy, bourgeois, and generous; Louba, living with their dad Stanislas,... See full summary »

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Danièle Thompson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sabine Azéma ... Louba
Emmanuelle Béart ... Sonia
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Milla Robin
Claude Rich ... Stanislas
Françoise Fabian ... Yvette
Christopher Thompson Christopher Thompson ... Joseph
Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... Gilbert
Isabelle Carré ... Annabelle
Samuel Labarthe ... Pierre
Françoise Brion ... Janine
Hélène Fillières ... Véronique
Thierry Hancisse ... Le fleuriste
Marie de Villepin ... Marie
Didier Becchetti Didier Becchetti ... L'escort-boy
Jean-Pierre Marino Jean-Pierre Marino ... Le cardiologue
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Christmas, family, and infidelity. Yvette's husband has died, and her grown daughters join her at the grave: Sonia, wealthy, bourgeois, and generous; Louba, living with their dad Stanislas, singing at a Russian restaurant, penniless, the mistress for the past 12 years of a man who will never leave his wife; Milla, the youngest, acerbic, lonesome. Christmas was when they learned their parents were divorcing 25 years ago. Over the next few days, yuletide depression, Louba's pregnancy, Sonia's crumbling marriage, Stanislas's overtures to Yvette, and Milla's attraction to the man who's her father's rent-free lodger lead each one to re-examine self, family, and hopes. Is renewal possible? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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'Tis the Season to be Jolly!

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Comedy | Drama

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France

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French | English | Russian

Release Date:

24 November 1999 (France) See more »

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Besos para todos See more »

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Gross USA:

$238,754

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$238,754
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2.35 : 1
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Crazy Credits

Includes a recipe for Christmas dinner for twelve. See more »

Connections

References ER (1994) See more »

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White Christmas
(Noël Blanc)
Written by Irving Berlin, adaptation by Francis Blanche
Performed by Luis Mariano
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Buche de Noel
1 September 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Danielle Thompson has written a lot for the cinema. Some of her best efforts have been "La Reine Margot", "Le cerveau", and "Cousin, cousine", among others. Ms. Thompson, whose first directorial job this is, wanted, perhaps, to give her public a good dramatic comedy when she undertook this project. The results are somewhat pleasing.

The story centers about three sisters that are as different from one another as they are from their mother. Louba, Sonia and Milla have gone to have their own lives, but when they are reunited on December 20th, just before Christmas, they show they care for one another in more ways than we realize.

Sabina Azema, Emmanuelle Beart and Charlotte Gainsbourg play the three siblings with style. The lovely Francoise Fabian is seen as their mother. Also in the cast, Claude Rich and the director's son, Christopher Thompson.

Ms. Thompson gives us a different take on Christmas, something we don't often see on the screen.


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