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Home for Christmas (2010)

Hjem til jul (original title)
The film looks at those who are desperately trying to connect or reconnect with their families, friends, or anyone who will listen.

Director:

Bent Hamer

Writers:

Bent Hamer, Levi Henriksen (contributing writer)
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Credited cast:
Nina Andresen Borud ... Karin
Arianit Berisha Arianit Berisha ... Goran
Joachim Calmeyer Joachim Calmeyer ... Simon
Trond Fausa ... Paul (as Trond Fausa Aurvaag)
Levi Henriksen Levi Henriksen ... Security Man
Cecilie A. Mosli Cecilie A. Mosli ... Elise
Patrick Mölleken ... Thomas (voice)
Igor Necemer Igor Necemer ... Serb
Tomas Norström ... Kristen
Kai Remlow Kai Remlow ... Paramedic (as Kai Remlov)
Morten Ilseng Risnes Morten Ilseng Risnes ... Thomas
Sarah Bintu Sakor Sarah Bintu Sakor ... Bintu
Issaka Sawadogo ... Bintu's Father
Kristine Rui Slettebakken Kristine Rui Slettebakken ... Tone
Nadja Soukup Nadja Soukup ... Goran's Mother
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Following a prologue set in war-torn former Yugoslavia, the film follows several different Christmas celebrations in the small Norwegian town of Skogli. Paul is a thirty-three-year-old laborer who marches into his doctor's office demanding a prescription, then proceeds to lay bare all his woes. The doctor is beleaguered by his own marital and financial difficulties (he's left his upset wife to work emergency calls on Christmas Eve). There's also an elderly man preparing an esoteric ritual, a vagrant who runs into an old flame, a middle-aged couple in the throes of passion, a boy hopelessly in love with his Muslim neighbor and a young émigré couple whose car breaks down as the woman goes into labor. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama

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um, there must be something in my eye
18 September 2010 | by shegoestoelevenSee all my reviews

Caught the last screening of this lovely little gem at TIFF yesterday afternoon. Most of the stories are a brilliant blend of heartbreaking darkness and excruciatingly beauty, with one notable exception. The manner in which Bent Hamer crafts the tales is - in a word - astonishing. He has inspired me to search out the collection of short stories that forms the basis of the script.

The cast is note perfect, and the film is lit so beautifully that several of the characters look positively succulent. And yes, that sounds odd, but after you see the film you'll understand.

The ending, which I will not spoil, literally made many of us in the audience gasp. And please stuff a few fresh tissues in your pocket, although it should be noted that I'm a bit of a soft touch.

A wonderful film indeed, Mr. Hamer.


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Country:

Norway | Sweden | Germany

Language:

Norwegian | English | Serbian | French

Release Date:

12 November 2010 (Norway) See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,288,700
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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