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Holy Mess (2015)

En underbar jävla jul (original title)
A gay couple invites their somewhat homophobic families to meet for the first time during Christmas celebration. And they have a special gift in store for them.

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Helena Bergström
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Credited cast:
Robert Gustafsson ... Ulf
Maria Lundqvist ... Monica
Anastasios Soulis ... Simon
Anton Lundqvist Anton Lundqvist ... Oscar
Rakel Wärmländer ... Cissi
Michalis Koutsogiannakis Michalis Koutsogiannakis ... Millitiadis
Inga Landgré ... Gun-Britt
Helena Bergström ... Carina
Kajsa Ernst ... Annica
Peshang Rad ... Rami
Gustav Levin Gustav Levin ... Håkan
Frida Beckman Frida Beckman ... Sofia
Neo Siambalils Neo Siambalils ... Alex
Paulina Pizarro Swartling Paulina Pizarro Swartling ... Ebba
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kerstin Widgren Kerstin Widgren ... Old Lady on Subway
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A gay couple invites their somewhat homophobic families to meet for the first time during Christmas celebration. And they have a special gift in store for them.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

13 November 2015 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Eine schöne Bescherung See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,172,351
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Sweetwater Productions See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Connections

Features Sagan om Karl-Bertil Jonssons julafton (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Jul, jul, strålande jul
Composed by Gustaf Nordqvist
Lyrics by Edvard Evers
Performed by Uppsala Musikklasser
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An ensemble Christmas in Sweden
17 October 2016 | by Red-125See all my reviews

The Swedish film En underbar jävla jul was shown in the U.S. with the title Holy Mess (2015). (If you go to Google Translate, you'll learn that the original Swedish title is quite a bit more colorful. "Jul" in this context means "Yule.") The movie was co-written and directed by Helena Bergström. Bergström also plays a supporting role.

This is an ensemble film, in which a dozen people gather together at the home of a gay couple for Christmas Eve. Once you know that, you can pretty much predict the plot-- homophobic parents, an aging grandmother, a surrogate mother, etc.

In a movie like this, success or failure depends on the quality of the acting. These actors are very talented and capable. In fact, they are so good that I won't try to single out any of them for special praise. Not only is each actor competent, but they play well in ensemble.

This film has a terrible 5.8 IMDb rating. It's not a great film, but it's much better than that.

We saw this movie at the excellent Little Theatre, as part of the wonderful ImageOut Rochester LGBT Film Festival. It will also work well on the small screen.

A Holy Mess is one of 22 films that had their New York State premiere, or their East Coast premiere, at ImageOut. My compliments to the ImageOut Programming Committee for their great success in bringing these films to Rochester.


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