Will It Snow For Christmas?

  • 1996
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Hardly the fuzzy, holiday heartwarmer the title suggests, this superb film from France marks an amazingly assured debut by director Sandrine Veysset. The term "single working mother" doesn't even begin to cover the role Veysset's unnamed heroine (Dominique Reymond) must play: As the mother of seven illegitimate children, she works double duty trying to...read more

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Hardly the fuzzy, holiday heartwarmer the title suggests, this superb film from France marks an amazingly assured debut by director Sandrine Veysset. The term "single working mother" doesn't even begin to cover the role Veysset's unnamed heroine (Dominique

Reymond) must play: As the mother of seven illegitimate children, she works double duty trying to keep her impoverished family clothed and fed while they all labor on the vegetable farm in southern France that's owned by the children's father (Daniel Duval). He lives a few hours away in relative

luxury with his "legitimate" wife and children, but each day checks in with his second family -- whom he values more as laborers -- to make sure his farm is being run as economically as possible. As the Christmas holidays approach, the mother must contend with freezing temperatures, the father's

increasing tyranny and her own despondence, setting the stage for the film's unsettling climax. Veysset, who first worked in films as an assistant art director, has a sharp eye for natural composition, and her film is filled with a raw, often harsh visual poetry. But as the film slowly comes

together, it's the characterizations that are most impressive: Veysset endows this mother with a dignified power that's not immune to desperation, and she carefully cuts the father's cruelty with pathos. Despite his brutality, he is never anything less than human. It is, in a sense, a holiday

film, but there are no miracles here, only small, quiet moments that bear eloquent witness to indomitable motherhood and the resilience of the human spirit.

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  • Released: 1996
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Hardly the fuzzy, holiday heartwarmer the title suggests, this superb film from France marks an amazingly assured debut by director Sandrine Veysset. The term "single working mother" doesn't even begin to cover the role Veysset's unnamed heroine (Dominique… (more)

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