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Just Another Christmas

Tudo Bem No Natal Que Vem
2020 / 100m - Brazil
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Interesting Christmas flick that, as it turns out, isn't really about Christmas at all. I'm not a big fan of Christmas celebrations myself, though that doesn't necessarily mean I enjoy watching grouches ruin other people's festivities. The introduction of Just Another Christmas was a bit much, but once the film reveals its true face it becomes a very enjoyable comedy with its heart in the right place.

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Jorge doesn't like Christmas, his life becomes hell on Earth when he starts suffering from partial amnesia. One half of him lives a regular life, the other half only surfaces on Christmas Eve. Jorge feels terrible about having to live through the same day over an over again, but soon realizes that seeing his life slip by is actually much worse.

Leandro Hassum is energetic and extremely present. It took me a while to get used to him, but in the end I did appreciate his performance. The comedy is rather silly and predictable, but the delivery is amusing and actors clearly had a lot of fun with it. Overall the film is amusing and light, but its tragic core lies right below the surface and when it surfaces it really hits the mark. Not a big Christmas fan, not a Groundhog Day fan either, but this was surprisingly good.