PRE­VIEW: SUR­VIV­ING CHRIST­MAS WITH THE REL­A­TIVES (15)

Carmarthen Journal - - Film Reviews -

SIB­LING ri­valry flares dur­ing three chaotic days over the fes­tive pe­riod in writer-di­rec­tor James Dear­den’s com­edy drama.

Mi­randa (Gemma Whe­lan, pic­tured) and her hus­band Dan ( Ju­lian Oven­den) are try­ing to forge a bet­ter life for their chil­dren away from the hus­tle and bus­tle of the city. They are ren­o­vat­ing the ram­shackle coun­try house owned by Mi­randa’s late par­ents, which has al­ways hosted the fam­ily’s Christ­mas get-to­geth­ers.

Hon­our­ing this tra­di­tion, Mi­randa and Dan wel­come Mi­randa’s sis­ter Lyla ( Joely Richard­son), a fad­ing Hol­ly­wood star in the dy­ing throes of a bad mar­riage to her al­co­holic agent, Trent (Michael Lan­des). The sis­ters clash, re­open­ing old wounds in the com­pany of other rel­a­tives in­clud­ing un­cle John ( James Fox) and aunt Peggy (Pa­tri­cia Hodge).

Mean­while, Mi­randa and Dan’s son Harry ( Jonas Moore) wres­tles with drug ad­dic­tion and the grow­ing emo­tional dis­tance from his loved ones.

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