Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Tale

Christmas Tale
(DVD - French with English Subtitles)

Catherine Deneuve stars as Junon, matriarch of the troubled Vuillard family. The family gathers at Christmas after Junon discovers she needs a bone marrow transplant from a family member. However, a family holiday with the Vuillard family is no ordinary gathering.

I loved this French Christmas film. It's funny, sad, dramatic, emotional & unpredictable. In other words - very French.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Southern Lights

Southern Lights
by Danielle Steel

Alexa Hamilton is divorced and lives a comfortable life in New York with her daughter, Savannah. Alexa is also the Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan and recently was assigned a murder case. That is when their lives turned upside down. Savannah started receiving anonymous notes and Alexa believes they are from the serial killer she is trying to convict. In order to keep her daughter safe, Alexa asks her ex-husband if Savannah can stay with him in Charleston. Savannah is uprooted to another place and culture during her senior year, she must deal with a nasty stepmother, and reacquaint herself with a grandmother who she has not heard from in years. Alexa visits Savannah in Charleston, and during these visits, has to deal with the hurt and anger she has carried all these years. Both mother and daughter must learn to cope with their separation, southern hospitality, and cultural differences.

Excellent novel!

- Rose