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Some Holiday Spirit: Two Christmas Movies From Afar

For Christmas movies this holiday season we've got Four Christmases and Nothing Like the Holidays as new offerings here in the U.S. Elsewhere in the world there's Un conte de Noel and Navidad, S.A.

The French film Un conte de Noel (more commonly referred to as A Christmas Tale here) stars excellent actors like Catherine Deneuve and Diving Bell and the Butterfly's Mathieu Amalric, and has been generating rave reviews. Critics are likening director Arnaud Desplechin's style to that of Noah Baumbach ("if he were French and a little more hopeful about humanity"), or a combination of Ingmar Bergman and Wes Anderson. The plot description reads: "The Vuillard's shared history of physical and mental illness, estrangement, self harm, and loss doesn't lend itself to the idea of a cheerful holiday season. But can a Christmastime reunion, a scheme concocted by three of the youngest family members, finally bring peace their clan?" The trailer, which you can view after the jump, completely sealed the deal for me. Apparently A Christmas Tale is currently available from IFC on OnDemand.

Down in Mexico there's a slightly more innocent and whimsical Christmas story in Navidad, S.A. The movie had a record-breaking opening weekend in Mexico in mid-November, marking the "largest domestic release in the nation's history." The sweet-looking film's plot is as follows: "With Christmas approaching, Santa Claus has to contend with the fact that the North Pole is melting and find a way to rid the holiday of its capitalist nature."

Unfortunately, I couldn't find a trailer for Navidad, S.A. with English subtitles but the one in Spanish is so endearing even if you don't understand the words. To check out the trailers for these two new Christmas movies from afar,


A Christmas Tale (France):

Navidad, S.A. (Mexico)


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sugarysweet sugarysweet 7 years
A Chirstmas Tale looks interesting. Probably won't ever come to a theater close enough to me, though.
ivygreene ivygreene 7 years
I couldn't find a US release date for Navidad S.A. :(
Entertainment Entertainment 7 years
Thanks, clara91! :)
Entertainment Entertainment 7 years
Thanks, clara91! :)
Linda-McP Linda-McP 7 years
A Christmas Tale looks great. And, I'll second the recommendation about Joyeux Noel; it's a wonderful film.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 7 years
I'd also like to recommend Joyeux Noel. A beautiful and inspiring film about the Christmas Truce during WWI.
clara91 clara91 7 years
Translation in case someone is interested: I am Santa. Yeah, right man. The fewer children believe, the higher is the temperature. If the number of children who believe reaches 0, not only will Christmas disappear but the North Pole will be under water. Get my train ready. This time I'm traveling alone. This November Comes the adventure. Pedro Armendariz is Santa. Get ready for Navidad, SA It looks interesting. Great blog ;)
clara91 clara91 7 years
Translation in case someone is interested:I am Santa.Yeah, right man.The fewer children believe, the higher is the temperature.If the number of children who believe reaches 0, not only will Christmas disappear but the North Pole will be under water.Get my train ready.This time I'm traveling alone.This NovemberComes the adventure.Pedro Armendariz isSanta.Get ready forNavidad, SAIt looks interesting. Great blog ;)
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