PREVIEW: SURVIVING CHRISTMAS WITH THE RELATIVES (15)
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.