LA BUCHE

Dysfunctional French Christmas

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Release Date: September 29, 2000

Starring: Sabine Azema, Emmanuelle Beart, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Claude Rich, & Francoise Fabian

Genre: Romance

Audience: Adults

Rating: Not rated

Runtime: 106 minutes

Distributor: Empire Pictures

Director: Daniele Thompson

Executive Producer: Christine Gozlan

Producer: Alain Sarde

Writer: Christopher Thompson & Daniele Thompson

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Empire Pictures, Inc
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Calgary, Alberta
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Content:

(RoRoRo, C, Ab, LLL, SS, A, D, MMM) Strong romantic worldview with slight anti-Christian comment & lots of overtly Christian Christmas carols; 42 obscenities & no profanities; no violence; discussions of sex & implied sex, but no fornication or other sexual activity shown; no nudity; alcohol use; smoking; and lying, cheating & adultery.

Summary:

LA BUCHE tells about a dysfunctional family who find Christmas more of a chore than a celebration. Aside from the obscenities, there’s very little content that is offensive, but what is truly offensive about LA BUCHE is the fact that everyone is cheating on each other with somebody else, and the fact that the movie portrays this behavior as being okay.

Review:

LA BUCHE opens December 22 at a funeral, where a mother and her three daughters are bemoaning the death of their stepfather. It is clear from the start that this family is dysfunctional, and that Christmas is more of a chore than a celebration. The mother has not invited her second husband’s first wife to the funeral and calls the estranged wife all sorts of vile names. Each of the children has their dysfunctional romantic lives. The perfect daughter, Sonia, has wealth and an upper middle class lifestyle, but her husband is cheating on her, and they have intense verbal battles.

Another daughter, Louba, is a Cabaret singer, singing some of the songs that their family brought with them from their Russian emigrating past. She has been involved in a twelve-year affair with a man who’s married and has four children. She has just found out that she is pregnant at the age of 42. The youngest girl, Mila, wants nothing to do with marriage. She’s extremely successful but angry.

Their father has a major heart attack. He has always been a cad and cheated on their mother before she left him. When the father and mother get together after the heart attack, she confesses that she also cheated on him. Being Jewish, he resents Christmas, and, within the movie, it is revealed that his tenant next door is actually his son by an affair.

The central focal point of this movie is adulterous affairs. There is a warm feeling of friendship between many of the members of this dysfunctional family, but it is based on lies and affairs that are also condoned.

Aside from the obscenities, there’s very little content that is offensive, but what is truly offensive about LA BUCHE is the fact that everyone is cheating on each other with somebody else, and the fact that the movie portrays this behavior as being the way things are. This is Christmas without Jesus Christ, and even without the moral courage of the Hebrew Bible. These are people adrift in a romantic world, lovable, but pathetic figures who can only lead others astray.

In Brief:

LA BUCHE opens just before Christmas at a funeral, where a mother and her three daughters are bemoaning the death of their stepfather. Their real father has always been a cad and, being Jewish, resents Christmas. Furthermore, his tenant is actually his son by an affair. It is clear that this family is dysfunctional, and that Christmas is more of a chore than a celebration. Each of the children has their dysfunctional romantic lives which are examined ad nauseum.

The central focal point of this movie is adulterous affairs. There is a warm feeling of friendship between many of the members of this dysfunctional family, but it is based on lies and affairs that are also condoned. Aside from the obscenities, there’s very little content that is offensive, but what is truly offensive about LA BUCHE is the fact that everyone is cheating on each other with somebody else, and the fact that the movie portrays this behavior as being okay. This is Christmas without Jesus Christ, and even without the moral courage of the Hebrew Bible. These are people adrift in a romantic world, lovable, but pathetic figures who can only lead others astray.