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Corn Exchange, King Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1DH
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A Christmas Tale

A Christmas Tale
  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • France
  • 150 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Arnaud Desplechin
  • Written by: Arnaud Desplechin, Emmanuel Bourdieu
  • Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Mathieu Amalric, Anne Consigny, Melvil Poupaud, Emmanuelle Devos, Chiara Mastroianni

Another typically idiosyncratic, loquacious, stylistically ambitious and sprawling tragicomedy from director Desplechin. Superbly acted by an ensemble cast, all centring on a Christmas reunion where Catherine Deneuve's matriarch announces she needs a bone marrow transplant from one of her own relatives.

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Fri 19 Dec
Sat 20 Dec

Merry Christmas (Joyeux Noël)

Merry Christmas (Joyeux Noel)
  • 2005
  • France/Germany/UK
  • 115 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Christian Carion
  • Written by: Christian Carion
  • Cast: Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet, Daniel Brühl, Diane Kruger, Gary Lewis, Alex Ferns

On Christmas Eve 1914 opposing troops in the trenches made a truce and found some common ground – literally – as they played football on the muddy soil of No Man's Land. A quietly moving film that reveals just how helpless the German, British and French troops actually were.

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Fri 19 Dec

2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey
  • 5 stars
  • 1968
  • UK
  • 139 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
  • Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Douglas Rain (voice)

Kubrick's gloriously grand architecture sees prehistoric apes timelined into a space ballet featuring a lunar craft docking to the sound of Strauss. This scene prefigures an extended drama aboard a spacecraft bound for Jupiter involving the murderous AI computer and the giant embryo of a space child signifying … what? The next step in human evolution? An opaque masterpiece, which suggests so much, yet explains so little. Which is why it's a timeless classic.

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Sat 20 Dec

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