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Just Another Christmas Review: Netflix’s High Concept Brazilian Groundhog Day

Much of Christmas is about tradition. Eat the same food, sing the same song, watch the same movie every year, and wait for the inevitable point where Aunt Margie becomes useless and meaningless and begins to be totally nonsense. Some call it a ritual, while others say it’s boring to stay in the same continuous loop each year without any changes or improvements.

That’s exactly what’s happening with the features of Netflix’s latest Christmas movie, Brazil. Just another Christmas (Or Tudo Bem No Natal Que Vem In Portuguese). Jorge (Leandro Hassam) always hated Christmas because it was the same day as his birthday. He was always fooled by double celebrations. Tired of having to dress up as Santa for his children in middle age, he yells at his catatonic father-in-law (Levi Ferreira) that he wasn’t there mentally for his vacation. Grandpa Nanhao cursed Jorge, who fell off the roof trying to persuade his children, called Santa Claus in Brazil, to be “Natal Papai.”

When Jorge wakes up the next day, it’s not December 26th — it’s Christmas again, but a year has passed. Despite his promotion and getting a new car, he can’t remember anything that happened in the 365 days in between. Every year he wakes up at Christmas and “Christmas Jorge” can only remember what happened in the past Christmas, not what happened in the meantime. It’s a higher concept than Denver weed pharmacy employees.

Photo: Desiree do Valle / Netflix

Initially, Just another Christmas It ’s like another rip-off Marmot day, Jorge begins to predict every beat of every day in the future. But that’s not because the same day is literally repeated, but because Christmas is built around repetition. When every day is Christmas, Jorge can predict the rhythm more than most of the time. However, the film quickly diverges from the familiar mold. When Jorge talks to his long-suffering wife Laura (Elisapin Heiro) about his “state”, she informs the family, and they all begin to explain it, so he has to navigate alone. It’s not a secret time loop.

Over time, things start to change slowly. Jorge’s children grow older, their relationship with Laura breaks, and he awakens a Christmas with a short haircut and mustache. It loves “normal Jorge”, but “Christmas Jorge” makes him look like Mario’s brother. It’s all offered in a comedy effect, and Hassam’s performance gives the character the quality of everyone with a kind of mania. He doesn’t stop complaining and talking, but he does whatever his wife says faithfully. Kevin Hart or Ray Romano will be fully cast with an English remake. (And it would be a good business for some studios to get it — this is one of the best and most imaginative Christmas movies out there.)

Just another Christmas It is not just an inspection of Jorge’s comedy, but an inspection of the holiday itself. Jorge was initially just as exhausted every Christmas, but gradually realized the importance of tradition. He began to see it as an opportunity to look back on the day. This is a way to get in touch with your ideal version, which pops up only once a year and isn’t compromised by the hard work of the other 364 days. The resentment of family and modern life. He also acknowledges that holidays are a different experience for people at different stages of life, from children making a fuss about Santa to the absence of children at home on Christmas.

Leandro Hassum appears to be sitting in the car and watching for someone in a Santa hat to confront him

Photo: Desiree do Valle / Netflix

The film spans decades over 100 minutes, so it’s not a Christmas test, it’s a life test, and how people determine what’s important and what’s worth saving. I understand. It’s surprisingly philosophical for Christmas movies, but it’s all balanced by great verbal and physical comedies, including a hilarious ongoing gag about Jorge’s controversial mustache.

The story and performance (including a great turn by Daniel Winitz as Jorge’s secretary Marcia) is a real attraction, not a competent yet traditional style. The film looks more like an expensive television movie than a theatrical release, but it proves that good characters and ingenious (albeit elaborate) concepts can make a big step forward in the project. ..

Many Americans have probably never been to Brazil for Christmas in the summer and are more likely to eat panettone than figgy pudding. But when we finally decided to accept it, the anxiety of shopping in a crowded shopping center, the fear of unruly family relationships, the healing power of the Christmas spirit, they certainly did. Recognize the emotions surrounding the holidays. Christmas is the best time of the year, but it’s also a pain in the buttocks, which can be incredibly depressing for some. Finally, there are movies that fully recognize both and are better than that.

Just another Christmas Currently streaming on Netflix.

https://www.polygon.com/2020/12/4/22153829/just-another-christmas-review-netflix

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