A heartbroken Christmas-tree salesman returns to New York City hoping to put his past behind him. Living in a trailer and working the night shift, he begins to spiral downwards until the saving of a woman and some colorful customers rescue him from self-destruction.
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A man sells Christmas trees at night, a man sells Christmas trees at night, a man sells Christmas trees at night, a man sells Christmas trees at night, a man sells Christmas trees at night, a man sells Christmas trees at night,a man sells Christmas trees at night, that's it. But this movie devastates me because "Christmas, Again" depicts essence of solitude & nothing-can-be-done sadness. Simple, but truly wonderful.
A great satire on the barbaric and demented Christmas tree business, the epitome of a throw-away mentality that is frankly unacceptable in late 2017. Trees are not disposable. "These trees are dead!" "Yes, but customers don't need to be reminded." Cutting down millions of trees every year that end up on sidewalks the day after Dec 25 is problematic, and largely unaddressed. Christmas trees are the new plastic bags.
Fantastic editing! This movie is perfectly paced. The understated performances are a joy to watch. Captures major depression and anxiety succinctly and movingly. Perfect example of how to make and finish an indie film: get in, show a good story, get out. Makes it look so easy!
This absolutely perfect color palette on gorgeous 16mm completely delivers the feeling of a Mid-Atlantic Christmas. What a splendid depiction of life's hollow, lonely repetition. Moments of hope and comfort are rare, meager, yet there is in them something of sustenance. An essential Christmas movie that is by no means seasonally limited.
Nice film depicting multiple levels of isolation, some more tense than others. I respected the ending and loved the realism / lack of flash throughout. The humor reminded me of Clerks but was tastefully more subtle: "ooh, a local tree."
(3.5 stars) Very character-driven independent feature that has a nice slow build.
It's a film full of great interpersonal relationships and the way random events sometime shape our lives the most. And, of course, as the movie progresses, the Christmas spirit kind of sneaks in and adds a bit of warmness and good feelings to the mix. There's also a lovely little visual metaphor towards the end that works quite well.