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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AUD 174,000 (estimated)

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The film was intended to be one long continuous take. This was however reduced to twelve long takes, a bit like Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (1948) which had ten. See more »

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Long-takes are the way to go
17 October 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This film blew me away. I didn't know anything about the film before entering the cinema (which is usu. better to start) and even though I wasn't on board in the first 10 minutes, I stuck with it and it proved to be one of the gems of the festival.

This film is potent. As Kriv the director noted, casting is 99% of a film, and he couldn't be more right. The characters ARE real. They don't seem to be acting. And Richard Green's performance must be seen and heard to be believed. I hope this talented man can stay out of detention (the story behind his casting is pretty nuts) and keep acting.

As for Kriv, this kid can carve out an incredibly tense film with relatively few elements (setting, performance, hand-held camera etc...)And then there's the story itself! Unbelievable.

Don't listen to what anyone says; this film should be seen by everyone, and should (will/must) be appreciated by most.

I only wish the film had been subtitled in English, because the accents are pretty thick and the vocal qualities can be rough around the edges making some passages difficult to understand.

First-rate film-making.

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