December, is a film which has been directed by Hilmar Oddsson, an Icelander. Hilmar Oddsson is an accomplished film director who has directed five full features and a number of documentaries, short films, studio shows and various action TV films. In December, his latest movie Hilmar did not disappoint. He has been able to bring out the aspects of the Icelandic culture that are not well known. In this film he reinforces the importance of family and compassion.
According to the director of December, Hilmar Oddsson, his inspiration for the movie came from watching a documentary titled “Three Women”. The documentary depicts the lives of three families who are not able to celebrate Christmas because of poverty. The film brings to the fore many aspects of life that we tend to take for granted. Although the film is depicted as romantic comedy, what comes out of the film is more of a tragi-comic theme. December provides insights of what needs to be done for people to enjoy the Christmas holidays.
December is a small movie which wants to take on the major Hollywood flicks. Surprisingly it does this so well, just brilliant. Tomas Lemarquis is able to show that his acting capability is limitless and his success in “Noi The Albino” was no fluke. In December, he pulls it off as Tonni, a musician who had been living abroad for many years and heads back to Iceland to spend quality time with his family during Christmas. While in Iceland he also wants to record an album with his old band with which they had produced a one hit wonder.
But as he settles in Iceland he soon realizes that much has changed, his family circumstances have changed and even his old friends whom he used to spend time with have moved on with their lives. The blunt reality hits Jonni very hard but he has to adjust to ensure that the family gets to make merry in Christmas.
What you see in the film will surely keep your eyes glued to the screen. The tragedy and the humor in the film bring a beautiful blend of real life issues. This is a movie that you should try to watch every December just before the holidays to remind you of what is important during these times. Generally it is a well scripted movie with quality casts, who have been able to bring out the intended message quite easily. Though December has some minor flaws this is a movie that will leave you feeling that your time was well spent.