Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A Christmas Tale (Arnaud Desplechin, 2008)

*****
France



Raw, unwieldy, rambunctious gorgeousness. Other than Almodovar, no one in the world makes movies as rich and alive as Arnaud Desplechin's. He sends you off on several bubbly tangents at any one time and inundates you with a generosity of spirit and novelistic detail, so that you're caught completely off-guard every time either of these tangents evolves into a complex revelation (and they all do). For two and a half hours (not nearly long enough, I say!) he gives you life at a higher register. You can only leave the cinema in a gratified stupor. You won't want to shake it off.

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