La Bûche

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Danielle Thompson's film about a dysfunctional French family, Le Buche, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The French soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include an interview with the director, trailers, filmographies, and a cooking recipe. This is a solid release from Wellspring that should be worthwhile for anyone with an interest in ...
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Overview

Danielle Thompson's film about a dysfunctional French family, Le Buche, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The French soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include an interview with the director, trailers, filmographies, and a cooking recipe. This is a solid release from Wellspring that should be worthwhile for anyone with an interest in international cinema.
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Special Features

Director interview; Trailers; 5.1 mix; 16×9 anamorphic; 2.35:1 cinemascope presentation; Filmographies; Optional subtitles; Weblinks; Bonus recipe
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
An ingratiating comedy that effortlessly shifts gears into involving dramatics, Daniele Thompson's film also manages to walk a fine line between celebrating the Christmas holiday and trashing how its commercialism induces false expectations. Beginning with a funeral on December 21 which precipitates a change in plans for a family holiday gathering, the story packs an almost inordinate amount of confrontations and revelations into four days. This is a story about a family that has never come to grips with its father and mother's basic incompatibility, and the reactions of the three daughters-the oldest is mired in a dead-end affair with a married man, the middle one puts up a false front of bourgeois respectability, and the youngest is a businesswoman whose cynical shell conceals easily bruised feelings-runs the gamut of reactions to their parents' fractious marriage. Thompson, who collaborated with her son Chris (who plays Joseph, the mysterioso boarder) on the screenplay, is perfectly attuned to the desperation of women trying so hard not to replicate a bad example that they create their own brands of disasters. The soundtrack cleverly layers an assortment of Christmas songs, many sung by Dean Martin, as a witty counterpoint to the frantic actions of characters trying to reconcile their ideals of what a holiday should be (nicely dramatized when several of them speak directly to the camera) with the messiness of reality. The Thompsons know that the ideals the popular culture has built up around the holiday are worth striving toward, but they refuse to tie all of their characters' fates with a neat bow in time for the morning of December 25. It's hard to imagine that any Hollywood film offering the same kind of flawed characters in the same setting and not giving in to a sentimental, we-are-family wrapup.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2002
  • UPC: 720917532424
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: Fox Lorber
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Claude Rich Stanislas
Françoise Fabian Yvette
Sabine Azéma Louba
Emmanuelle Béart Sonia
Charlotte Gainsbourg Milla
Jean-Pierre Darroussin Gilbert
Christopher Thompson Joseph
Isabelle Carré Annabelle
Technical Credits
Danièle Thompson Director, Screenwriter
Michele Abbe Art Director
Jean-Pierre Duret Sound/Sound Designer
William Flageollet Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Fraisse Cinematographer
Christine Gozlan Executive Producer
Jean Harnois Cinematographer
Michel Legrand Score Composer
Alain Sarde Producer
Elisabeth Tavernier Costumes/Costume Designer
Christopher Thompson Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Passing
2. So Many Choices
3. Those Were the Days
4. The Annex
5. Past and Present
6. Christmas Promises
7. In Mourning
8. Hidden Truths
9. Family Scare
10. Reminiscing
11. After 25 Years
12. Truth Be Known
13. Extended Family
14. Amazing News
15. Shared Dreams
16. Family Matters
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Program
   Scene Access
      New Menu Item
   Special Features
      European Trailer
      Trailer
      Filmographies
         Emmanuelle Béart
         Charlotte Gainsbourg
         Sabine Azéma
         Françoise Fabian
         Claude Rich
         Christopher Thompson
         Danièle Thompson
      Danièle Thompson Interview
      Recipe
      Weblinks
   Production Credits
   Disc Set-up
      Subtitles
         English
            On
            Off
      Audio
         Dolby Digital Stereo
         Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
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  • Posted December 30, 2013

    Lovely, moving, humane story of an all-too-believably imperfect

    Lovely, moving, humane story of an all-too-believably imperfect family at Christmas. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A marvelous portrait of the humanity and affection found in an eccentric family whose members seem to have little in common but each other

    Great Christmas movie to watch during the Holidays, if after a few days of living with your relatives you started to ponder if family isn't, after all, greatly overrated. Perfectly imperfect, each character exposes the contours of their piece of the familial puzzle in a poetic and uplifting look at the tangled bonds that unites us with our kin. As perhaps a metaphor to this privilege given to us, each shares a particularly vivid Christmas memory wrapping this tongue-in-cheek family portrait in an atmosphere of intimacy that is guaranteed to warm your heart

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