Hello and season’s greetings to all of you! It’s the 13th of December, which means it’s finally time for my 12 Days of Christmas series. And this is the fourth year that I’m doing this. The first two times were about christmas songs, and in last year’s series we covered films (long and short). And for this year we’re (as you saw in the title) doing it once again. One christmas-y film every day with the final post being released on the 24th. So let’s get into it, the first part in the 12 Films of Christmas!
So first up we’re covering a movie I’ve heard about for years and years, with people claiming it to be a Swedish christmas classic. So let’s have a look at “In Bed With Santa” (Original title: Tomten är far till alla barnen). Released in late 1999, this dramedy follows Sara (Katarina Ewerlöf) and Janne (Peter Haber) as they’re about to celebrate christmas. But things aren’t made too easy since Sara invites multiple of her old exes and their significant others over to celebrate with them. And a lot of interesting things happen as alcohol gets consumed, and old secrets floating to the surface start creating some tension between them all. Let’s just be blunt, you won’t exactly feel all jolly after watching this. It’s interesting to see all of these unique personalities clashing with each other, I find it to make for some interesting character studies. And the actors work at the top of their game, none of the actors is a weak link here. The story has its ups and downs, but it’s still quite an intriguing package of assholes and familial tensions. It won’t make you laugh and feel good like “Home Alone”, but it’s still one I wouldn’t dissuade you from.
On the first day of Christmas, Markus gives to thee, a movie about a shitty family.