Season's Beatings

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Season's Beatings
La Bûche.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Danièle Thompson
Produced by Christine Gozlan
Written by Christopher Thompson
Danièle Thompson
Starring Sabine Azéma
Emmanuelle Béart
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Claude Rich
Françoise Fabian
Music by Michel Legrand
Cinematography Robert Fraisse
Edited by Emmanuelle Castro
Les films Alain Sarde
Studio Images 6
Le Studio Canal+
TF1 Films Productions
Distributed by Pathé
Release date
  • 24 November 1999 (1999-11-24)
Country France
Language French
Budget $8.4 million
Box office $22.7 million[1]

Season's Beatings (French: La Bûche) is a French comedy-drama film directed by Danièle Thompson, released in 1999.


Following the recent death of her second husband, for Christmas, Yvette tries to meet the three daughters from her first marriage with Stanislas, the gypsy violinist, again. During the preparations, questions and revelations are well underway from Louba, the artist, Sonia, the middle child and Milla, the rebel.

Yvette and Stanislas' daughters dreaded celebrating Christmas festivities because it coincides with the couple’s 25th wedding anniversary. Ever since Yvette’s divorce from Stanislas, and her remarriage, the siblings have had a strained relationship with their mother.[2]

Yvette and her daughters had an emotional reunion and reconciliation following the tragedy that took the life of her second husband.


Critical response[edit]

On Metacritic the film has a score of 66 out of 100, based on 15 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[3]


Award / Film Festival Category Recipients and nominees Result
César Awards Best Supporting Actor Claude Rich Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Charlotte Gainsbourg Won
Best Writing Christopher Thompson and Danièle Thompson Nominated
Best First Feature Film Nominated
Lumières Awards Best Screenplay Christopher Thompson and Danièle Thompson Won


  1. ^ JP. "La Bûche (1999)- JPBox-Office". 
  2. ^ Charlotte Gainsbourg: From Grim Pain to Hell in Eden The New York Times. 03 June 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2014
  3. ^ "La bûche". Metacritic. 

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