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The Gift of the Magi (2014)

At a time of economical crisis, a young woman goes into extreme lengths to buy her partner a Christmas gift, not knowing what fate has in store for both of them.

Director:

Ismene Daskarolis
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Cast

Credited cast:
Dimitra Batziou Dimitra Batziou ... Homeless Woman
Alexandros Bozinidis ... Dimitris
Eleni Makisoglou Eleni Makisoglou ... Mrs. Frosini
Elsa Siskou Elsa Siskou ... Della
Konstantina Tsiapou Konstantina Tsiapou ... Ioanna Berman (voice)
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Storyline

Based on the beloved Christmas story by O'Henry, the film takes the 100 year old story and places it in the economical crisis of today. Della is a young woman of limited income who is desperate to buy her partner a Christmas present on Christmas Eve. In order to gain money for the cause, she decides to sell her hair, however her sacrifice may prove to be a futile one.

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One dollar and eighty-seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas.

Genres:

Short | Drama | Family | Romance

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Country:

Greece

Language:

Greek

Release Date:

25 October 2014 (Greece) See more »

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Production Co:

Keys of Art Studio See more »
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Color
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Trivia

The director (Daskarolis) and the two protagonists (Siskou and Bozinidis) spent about two weeks of everyday rehearsals in order to find their characters. For the first week they didn't even touch the script. See more »

Quotes

Della: One, two, three four, plus two equals six, plus five equals eleven and one equals twelve. Twelve euros. Shit.
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Soundtracks

We Three Kings of Orient Are
Written by John H. Hopkins (uncredited)
Adapted for piano by Kostika Çollaku (as Costika Collaku)
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a timeless tale
12 November 2014 | by grimrip-643-506762See all my reviews

The Gift of the Magi (2014) , is a small film adaptation of the homonymous short story written by O. Henry.

For the people that haven't read it , it's a tale of love and the things that we are prepared to do for the ones we hold dear. Considering that the story was published in 1905 and with a length of around 4 pages, you expect a 15 minute movie filmed more than a hundred years later to look disconnected and out of place.

Instead , after a couple of minutes you are experiencing a x-mas story that is neither childish nor outdated. The actors weave the tale wonderfully while sticking to the original dialogues and the soundtrack finds a beautiful place between O. Henry's time and ours ,including among the x-mas themed songs, a classic from the 40s. Lastly the photography and directing are like handmade jewellery of inexpensive materials, meaning that it's great value lies in the carefully chosen details and a story well told with a just a few scenes. The movie was very enjoyable from start to finish, would definitely recommend it and not just during the holidays as -like the original story- conveys moral values that should be treasured.

Trivia: The radio station that opens up the movie is "Radio 18,62" which immediately clicked as a date and after a bit of searching turned out to most probably be a tribute to O.Henry ,who was born on 1862.


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