Dinner and a Movie: A Christmas Tale

Snow and Christmas decorations on a charming narrow street.

Photo by Matthias Kinsella on Unsplash

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This 2008 French film about a family reuniting at Christmastime because of the matriarch’s illness features richly-drawn characters and a beautiful, tall French house that feels like it’s out of a fairytale. Catherine Deneuve stars.

Where to Watch

Watch it with a free trial by going to the Criterion Channel here.

What to Eat

A great dinner to match the festive atmosphere of the film would be Ina Garten’s Lemon Capellini with Cavier, which you can find at this link, or her slightly less fancy but equally delicious Spaghetti Aglio e Olio.

What to Drink

They celebrate their Christmas Eve dinner with Champagne in the movie: I prefer the less expensive and just as good or better Cava.  Bella Conchi Cava Brut Rosé is one of my all-time favorites. Here’s a link to a picture of it. If you’re lucky you can find it at your local liquor store for $5 or $6. A total steal.

Merry Christmas!

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