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All Is Bright (2013)

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While out on parole, Dennis reluctantly takes a job selling Christmas trees with his old buddy Rene in order to make enough money to buy his estranged daughter the piano she's always wanted.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Giamatti ... Dennis
Paul Rudd ... Rene
Sally Hawkins ... Olga
Amy Landecker ... Therese
Tatyana Richaud Tatyana Richaud ... Michi
Adam Phillips Adam Phillips ... Antoine
Michael Drayer ... Bobby, who comes to buy a tree
Colman Domingo ... Nzomo
Halley Feiffer ... Claire, from last year
Nikki M. James ... Betsy
Gordon Joseph Weiss Gordon Joseph Weiss ... Blind Guy
Curtiss Cook ... Kevin (as Curtiss L'Cook)
Darren Goldstein ... Border Guard
Rob Munk Rob Munk ... Friendly Vermonteer
Peter Hermann ... Monsieur Tremblay
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Storyline

Two French Canadian ne'er-do-wells travel to New York City with a scheme to get rich quick selling Christmas trees. Easygoing charmer Rene (Paul Rudd) clashes with misanthropic ex-con Dennis (Paul Giamatti), whose wife Rene just stole. Still, this odd couple must make an honest go of it in this buddy comedy. Written by Anonymous

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All is busted. All is broke. All is bitter. All is BRIGHT.

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Rated R for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lucky Dog See more »

Filming Locations:

Tupper Lake, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,556, 4 October 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,556, 4 October 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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This film was released as "Almost Christmas" in the UK. See more »

Quotes

Olga: Do you think I am your friend?
Dennis: Yah.
Olga: My friend - you smell.
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The First Noel
Written, Arranged, Produced, and Performed by Elegant Too
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Not so bright Christmas
21 February 2014 | by OJTSee all my reviews

Paul Giamatti plays the lead role in this dark comedy as Dennis, a small time crook which comes out of Canadian prison after four years, just to find his best friend having moved in with his woman and daughter, and above that; they've told the daughter that he has died of some horrible kind if cancer. With no home and no family he is to survive Christmas. To finance he goes together with his best friend go to New York to sell, Christmas trees.

Giamatti is great as a criminal. He looks like he is gonna snap every second, and is not very far from doing some criminal stunt. He's one the verge, you could say. Every time his friend gets a phone call...

But there's obvious problems too. The music score is awful! Played in live somewhere, and should be acting as a good back ground, but it's annoyingly bad, and tedious, as well as misfired. Sad and tragic, and adds to the despair.

It's a good plot, but the film is quite too slow for it's own good. This kind of comedies I've seen so much better from the Coen-brothers, or by Norwegian directors like Hans Petter Moland, Pål Sletaune, Rune Denstad Langlo or Jens Lien. The timing in this is not the same, but still there's some entertainment to find here.

It's a rather pitiful Christmas story, and I had to stop watching three times because it was so boring, and annoyingly unhappy. I wouldn't recommend this, if your not a fan of Giamatti.

Don't watch this if you're out for a Happy Christmas story, because it's a bleak one, both film and Christmas that is.


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