DVD: Un Conte de Noël, Retail & rental, (Drake's Avenue)

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The Independent Culture

Arnaud Desplechin's yuletide drama might not feel like timely viewing, but its original French release date in May is a clue that this is anything but Hollywood-style seasonal fodder.

The premise is simple – three generations are brought back to their family home by the need to find a bone-marrow donor for the clan's leukaemia-stricken matriarch. Resentments inevitably surface but the excellent cast weaves confidently between light and vital and dark and unsettling.