Will It Snow For Christmas (Y'aura-t-il de la neige à Noël?)

on December 17, 1997 by Ed Scheid
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   An unmarried woman (Dominique Reymond) lives with her seven children in a stone farmhouse in southern France. The rustic house is without plumbing or heat, but the mother's warm love keeps everyone happy until the arrival of the children's father (Daniel Duval), who has a wife elsewhere. He drives them hard to load the latest crop from the farm, and tension builds as the father explodes with anger and scorn.
   Reymond and Duval show both the palpable physical attraction between the mother and father as well as the volatility of their tempestuous relationship. The mother is desperate to protect her children from their father's violence, building to a very poignant conclusion.
   First-time director Sandrine Veysset's documentary-like style gives a realism to the simple story. Her previous work as an art director's assistant is evident as the film focuses on the daily details of the family's life through the seasons.    Starring Dominique Reymond and Daniel Duval. Directed and written by Sandrine Veysset. Produced by Humbert Balsan. A Zeitgeist release. Drama. French-language; subtitled. Running Time: 88 min.
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