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The Christmas Gift (2018)

Cadoul de Craciun (original title)
A son's letter to Santa for Christmas turns his father's evening into a thriller he did not ask for.


Bogdan Muresanu


Bogdan Muresanu
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Cast overview:
Adrian Vancica Adrian Vancica ... Father (as Adrian Vãncicã)
Luca Toma Luca Toma ... Marius
Mircea Andreescu Mircea Andreescu ... A neighbour
Ioana Flora ... Mother
Gabriela Hamzescu Gabriela Hamzescu ... A neighbour


A son's letter to Santa for Christmas turns his father's evening into a thriller he did not ask for.

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Short | Drama | History

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history is key
26 December 2019 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Kids say the darndest things. And those letters to Santa Claus might pack a bigger punch than we imagine. It's December 20, 1989 and a father and son are setting up their Christmas tree in their apartment in Romania. History buffs will connect the date with this story and fully recognize the genius in writer-director Bogdan Muresanu's 23 minute film.

During the normal chit-chat with his dad, young Marius mentions that he mailed his letter to Santa today, and it included his Christmas wish ... Uncle Nic to die. Childhood innocence is on display as the boy sincerely thought he was fulfilling his father's wishes - based on what he had heard in his own home. Dad explodes in a rage of fury. He is genuinely frightened for the safety of his family ... to the point that he's willing to break into a post box to steal back his son's letter before it's read.

Of course, all of this makes perfect sense when we learn that Uncle Nic is really Nicolae Ceausescu, General Secretary of the Communist Party in Romania. We as viewers know what the next 24 hours holds, but the father is simply trying to protect his family.

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Release Date:

23 October 2019 (USA) See more »

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Cadeau de Noël See more »

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1.37 : 1
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