La Buche ★★ 2000
The title refers to a special Christmas cake, fashioned in the shape of a yule log. The holiday season is proving to be particularly tiresome for three sisters: nightclub singer Louba (Azema) who's pregnant with her married lover's child; homemaker Sonia (Beart) whose husband is leaving her for a younger woman; and career-driven Milla (Gainsbourg) who becomes intrigued by melancholy Joseph (Thompson, the director's son). Family crises start with the funeral of the sisters' stepfather, leading to a reunion between their parents who haven't spoken in 25 years, and get more complicated from there. French with subtitles. 106m/C VHS, DVD . FR Sabine Azema, Emmanuelle Beart, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Francoise Fabian, Claude Rich, Christopher Thompson, Jean-Pierre Darroussin; D: Daniele Thompson; W: Christopher Thompson, Daniele Thompson; C: Robert Fraisse; M: Michel Legrand.