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Broke, jobless and chronically depressed, eldest son Keri returns to the family home for Christmas, where he must face the emotional train-wreck that is his family: his exhausted parents, two messed-up sisters (one obsessively jealous, the other almost catatonically withdrawn) and gay younger brother. Yet somehow, out of this bleak material, director Gregory King has crafted a blackly comic, weirdly touching comedy-drama, at times wildly funny, at others anguished and intimate: a warts-and-all look at the horrors of suburbia, the awfulness of the holiday season and the ties that bind.

Year: 2003
Genre: New Zealand Film, Film Festivals 2003, Christmas, Black Humour, Dysfunctional Families
Country: NZ
Director: Gregory King
Starring: David Hornblow, Darien Takle, Helen Pearse-Otene, Tony Waerea
Duration: 87 Minutes
Rating: R16 - Contains drug use, sex scenes and offensive language
7.2/10
Location in store: New Zealand Film

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