Skip to main content


France, 2008 (MIFF 2008, International Panorama)

Director: Arnaud Desplechin


"Desplechin's ambitious widescreen tale overflows with inescapable emotion." - Screen International

When Junon (Catherine Deneuve) and her husband assemble their oddball clan - all seemingly suffering from some kind of psychological or social malady - for Christmas celebrations, it isn't long before old family tensions and rivalries boil over.

With brother and sister Henri and Elizabeth (played by The Diving Bell and the Butterfly co-stars Mathieu Almaric and Anne Consigny) at each other's throats, Junon announces that she is suffering from a rare genetic disease, and will need a bone marrow transplant from someone in the family - but will anyone be willing to give?

Filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin's Kings and Queen featured at MIFF in 2005.

D Arnaud Desplechin P Pascal Caucheteux S Arnaud Desplechin, Emmanuel Bourdieu WS Wild Bunch L French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008/150mins

See also...


"The Blackfoot believed that dreams foretold the future. We think that dreams shed a little light on the past." ... Benicio Del Toro stars alongside Mathieu Amalric in this intriguing and subtle ... More »

kings and queen

Arnaud Desplechin combines tragedy, farce, comedy and melodrama in his dense, deliciously eccentric [Kings and Queen]. ... Nora is Parisian bourgeoisie incarnate. A 30-something gallery manager and ... More »


Alluring and labyrinthine, The Sentinel, is a wholly original and intriguing espionage drama — a suspenseful exploration of the legacy of Cold War politics. ... At the centre of this intensely ... More »


“Your past is exploding in your face."Filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin (whose film A Christmas Tale is also showing at MIFF this year) delves deep into his family's history in L'Aimée, an attempt to ... More »


“Confirms Grandrieux as a true original.” - Variety ... Installation artist and cinematic visionary Philippe Grandrieux (La Vie Nouvelle, MIFF 03) creates a monochromatic, snow-bound wilderness ... More »


“The director paints a contemporary yet timeless world in which the intensity of human feelings is the main distraction.” - Screen International ... On assignment, professional photographer ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director