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Aro Recommended Christmas

 

New Zealand 2003, 89 minutes
Dir. Gregory King
Rating: [R16]
Genres: Drama / Black Comedy

 

Aroview: Structured around a grueling family Christmas in suburban New Zealand, this stark and uncompromising drama is one of the best low-budget features of the recent crop.

While the trappings and rituals of this gathering - roast dinners, burbling radios, family banter - are familiarly observed, the dysfunctional relationships, verbal abuse and abject behaviour on display mine a disturbing underbelly of Kiwi experience. Caught in lengthy unblinking camera shots, this is sure to alienate some viewers with its 'bad boy' agenda, but for those who dare, provides a powerful vision tinged with moments of bleak comedy.

NZ International Film Festival 2003

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