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Christmas (2003)

The drama of relationships in a dysfunctional New Zealand family, living in a town going nowhere.


Gregory King


Gregory King
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Cast overview:
Darien Takle Darien Takle ... Loma
David Hornblow David Hornblow ... Keri
Helen Pearse Otene Helen Pearse Otene ... Megan
Matthew Sunderland ... Brett
Tony Waerea Tony Waerea ... Brian
Kate Sullivan Kate Sullivan ... Donna
Czahn Armstrong Czahn Armstrong ... Richard
Milo Cawthorne ... Moses
Charlotte Palmer Charlotte Palmer ... Faith
Bridget Riggir-Cuddy Bridget Riggir-Cuddy


Keri turns up unannounced at the family home four days before Christmas. His parents, Brian and Loma, have long given up on a dream retirement as their savings have been whittled away by financially supporting their family. Loma is close to a breakdown with the stress, and her relationship with Brian has been reduced to a series of well worn rituals. Their eldest daughter, Megan, is living in their basement with her two children, Faith and Moses, and her boyfriend Brett, the father of her daughter Faith. Moses is from an earlier failed relationship and is only tolerated by Brett. Megan is an obsessive character who believes that she is the only one who does anything about the house and is jealous of the attention that the others seem to get. As the film unfolds we see the depth of her struggle and disappointments in life. The other daughter, Donna, is an enigmatic character through the early parts of the film. She is isolated; silently smoking outside, or picking at her food in the ... Written by NZ Film Commission

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Drama | Comedy


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New Zealand



Release Date:

2004 (New Zealand) See more »


Box Office


NZD 39,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A film whose depressive cinematic style mirrors its very subjects' lives.
22 December 2003 | by americanwalrusSee all my reviews

Christmas is a painful, gaping portrayal of a lower-class New Zealand family. It covers a week's time in which grown children return home only to fall apart... repeatedly. The film is amateurish, with poor sound and dull lighting, but this contributes remarkably to the feeling of utter emptiness that pervades every scene.

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