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Boxing Day (2007)

 -  Drama  -  5 April 2008 (USA)
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The story of a father's desperate struggle to reunite his estranged family over the course of a single afternoon.

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Told in real time and shot as a single take, BOXING DAY documents the minute by minute events across the course of an afternoon in the life of Chris Sykes - a recovering alcoholic and estranged father. Living alone on home detention, Chris is preparing Christmas lunch for his family when an old friend turns up at his doorstep and reveals a disturbing truth. When his daughter, his wife and her new boyfriend finally arrive, the situation slowly and inevitability escalates and we are drawn into the compelling story of a desperate father who finally exposes the dark and disturbing secret that has torn his family apart. Written by Moliere, Kristian

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On the penultimate day of the production shoot, the house in the filming location in Elizabeth Vale, South Australia was broken-into. For a time, it was considered incorporating the break-in into the film but this idea was soon rejected as impractical. After the break-in, director Kriv Stenders reported that the actors' performances were galvanized. See more »

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Hard going but worthwhile
9 May 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

'Boxing Day' is not an easy film to watch. Shot in and around a suburban Adelaide house and garden, we watch Chris prepare lunch on Boxing Day for his teenage daughter, ex-wife and new partner. The home is sparsely furnished - Chris is recently out of prison. He is obviously nervous, meticulously preparing the lunch and tidying his home. But an ex-prison mate turns up, to Chris' horror - to the point where he tries to make his mate think he's out. Chris wants everything to be perfect for his daughter - this sudden visit is not part of the game plan. But he gets to talk to Chris and reveals a not particularly well-kept secret about the ex-wife's new partner. From there on in, everything spirals out of control.

As the daughter, ex-wife and her boyfriend arrive, we see, in painstaking detail, the painful journey of a father who must finally decide to expose the dark and disturbing secret that threatens to tear his family apart.

According to publicity this was shot in three takes with an element of improvisation to the script. It's a slow burner of a film - some people will hate it, for sure. But whilst it may be short on 'action' and 'entertainment', it's an amazing achievement for a film that I understand was shot on a shoestring budget of AUD$175,000.


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