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||IMDB Rating: 5.6/10 from 121 votes
||Release: 21 December 2012 (UK) /
||Director: Bernard Rose,
||Stars: Danny Huston, Dave Pressler, Edie Dakota, Jo Farkas, Julie Marcus, Lisa Enos, Matthew Jacobs, Morgan Walsh
||Synopsis: Basil, a businessman and Chauffeur, Nick, drive into the heart of the rocky mountains in the midst of perilous weather. When the journey becomes potentially fatal, Basil must decide whether he's prepared to sacrifice his life for another.
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Boxing Day is the best British film you almost certainly won't see at
the cinema this year (assuming, of course, you got off your backside to
watch the fabulously black Sightseers like I told you). It is a very
bold statement in support of the BFI (British Film Institute) who
supported it and a tragedy that something so beautifully written, so
convincingly acted and almost flawlessly produced will disappear from
trace with a minuscule audience while utter tripe like Jack Reacher
will fill the multiplexes.
Neither principal actor is a huge star and there is less traditional
excitement in Boxing Day than in Spielberg's superb breakthrough Duel,
another road movie in which not much happens, but this is a compelling,
riveting film with two excellent performances that amuse, anger,
frustrate and draw the viewer in absolutely. Its 94-minute running time
passes in a short breath and lingers quietly, definitely, on the long
walk home that is too short to absorb the impact of this wonderful
Boxing Day is loosely based upon Tolstoy's Master and Man, but don't
let Russian names put you off; this is a far cry from this year's Anna
Karenina. It's a film about the clash of two classes, about capitalism
and socialism, but don't worry that you're not interested in politics.
Boxing Day is a film about humanity. It is a film about two men, two
human beings and how, in that at least, they are identical.
Basil (Danny Huston you know him from 30 Days of Night, Robin Hood
and The Conspirator etc.) is a property speculator who has hit hard
times and sniffs an opportunity to make a killing buying repossessed
houses directly from the banks at half their market value. He virtually
sneaks out of the family home on Boxing Day, much to his wife's
annoyance and flies to Denver to view the properties in the company of
his chauffeur for the day, Nick (Matthew Jacobs forget it, you don't
know him but he's a very busy writer and if you close your eyes, you'll
swear it is Eddie Izzard upon the screen).
Chalk and cheese, left and right take your pick. Basil has a superior
attitude, is successful, demanding, opinionated while Nick is a
failure, a dry alcoholic, camp, annoying, unreliable. But that is too
simplistic. They are two very different men who build a relationship
over many hours of driving and battling snow and ice. Both are needy,
both need each other and both reluctantly know it.
To refer to either Huston or Jacobs as the supporting actor would be to
insult them both. It is a joy to watch Huston take the (joint) lead in
a significant film after eons of supporting turns and to watch his
Basil relax and unfold as a man who, at his core, is afraid that he is
impotent to affect the world. This isn't just an unpleasant capitalist
who disregards all others at the expense of his success, although
certainly that is part of his make-up. Neither is Jacobs' Nick merely a
weak, sniveling wretch. Buried inside his troubled being is a
moralistic man who has maybe not been able to seize opportunity as it
came his way.
Together they are a maelstrom of foibles, idiosyncrasies and beliefs
and they are variably selfish, bitter and caring. They are men on a
harsh, warm, tender journey through a day in the life.
So much of the joy in watching Boxing Day is in Bernard Rose's
direction. He is unafraid to hold shots long after other directors
would fear accusations of tedium. Much of the film occurs in the
confines of a single car where multiple camera angles are impossible,
but rather than see that as restrictive, Rose lingers caringly and it
will only cause discomfort in those who are unwilling to engage
emotionally with the enormity of what is occurring so simplistically.
I query whether the ultimate message is mixed or slightly misses the
mark but this is such a small criticism and, though Boxing Day could
easily have delved a little deeper for slightly longer, it is as close
to a ten star film as I have got this year without actually awarding
the top mark.
To paraphrase a friend who heeded my emphatic urging to see Boxing Day,
it is hard to imagine so large an audience anywhere else willingly
watching so long and so silently a grey screen after the final credits
Boxing Day is an absolute gem that no one will see. Don't make that
mistake. See it. NOW!
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, Dave Pressler
, Edie Dakota
, Jo Farkas
, Julie Marcus
, Lisa Enos
, Matthew Jacobs
, Morgan Walsh
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