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A handful of initially unconnected stories cohere into a bittersweet portrait of the joys and anxieties of the holiday season in this comedy-drama from director Bent Hamer. A young boy in the former Yugoslavia (Arianit Berisha) discovers that Christmas cheer doesn't mean much in wartime. Meanwhile, in Norway Kristen (Tomas Norstrom) is celebrating the holiday in romantic fashion with Karin (Nina Andresen-Borud), while his wife is somewhere else. Thomas (Morten Ilseng Risnes) has a serious crush on Bintu (Sarah Bintu Sakor,), but the fact she's Muslim might make celebrating the holiday with her difficult. Paul (Trond Fausa Aurvag) pays a last-minute visit to his doctor Knut (Fridtjov Saheim) about a prescription only to go into a long story about his wife Tone (Kristine Rui Slettebakken), who has not only kicked him out but also changed the locks at their home. Once he's finally done with Paul, Knut has to deal with a Serbian man (Igor Necemer) who threatens to kill him if he won't help him with his pregnant wife (Nina Zanjani). And Jordan (Reidar Sorensen) is a rough-hewn but cheerful drunkard who strikes up a friendship with tree salesperson Johanne (Ingunn Beate Oyen). Hjem Til Jul (aka Home For Christmas) was an official selection at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.
Whether the vignette concerns a bitter spinster, a depressed cuckold, or a lovelorn teen; the whole film is imbued with a tender-hearted hopefulness that makes this a must see film, especially during the festive season.
Audience Reviews for Hjem til jul (Home for Christmas)
Touching mosaic of families on Christmas eve mixes the comic and the painful, the tragic and the sublime. Families of all statuses and walks of life, some falling apart and some coming together, mix under the Northern Lights in a lovely, moving way.