La Bûche Movie Review

La Bûche would love to be Hannah and Her Soeurs, but this very French look at family dysfunction is stiflingly unfunny and not terribly original, either.

Focusing on three sisters who come together a few days before Christmas, their mother's second husband dies, leaving her a little befuddled for the holidays. The sisters proceed to organize a reunion of sorts with their father (mom's first husband), whereupon all manner of old history and secrets are dredged up.

Alas, virtually all of these scandalous "secrets" involve infidelity of some kind, just as you'd expect. The sisters squabble. The parrents squabble. The sisters squabble with the parents. Christmas arrives.

The only way La Bûche might work is if it were wildly funny, and recent French cinema has proven that there is indeed a sense of humor left in the country. However, La Bûche stands as a very staid drama with no sense of irony. Some of the performances are fine, even interesting. Acting legend Charlotte Gainsbourg is the only standout as mom, but her emotional raggedness can hardly carry the picture.

Cast & Crew

Producer :

Starring : Sabine Azéma, , , , Françoise Fabian

Comments

La Bûche Rating

" Grim "

Rating: NR, 1999

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