Here is a Canadian short film (18 minutes) screening at Sundance for its world premiere. Yay! Director Annie St. Pierre works out of Montreal and has brought to the screen a Christmas story. A modern one involving the family aspect and not the whole Santa and gifts stuff. A modern family. One involving divorce and how holidays are managed when a family is split up into two entities.
We are on Christmas Eve in the year 1983. To be even more precise it is 10:50 p.m. at night. Eight-year-old Julie and her cousins are running around all crazy due to an intake of too much sugar. The adults are in the background having drinks and chatting. Santa hasn’t come yet so everyone is excitedly waiting for that.
Her dad Denis has just arrived to collect her for his half of Christmas with her. After finding out they are still waiting for Santa Claus, reluctantly he goes into his former in-laws house to wait for Julie. He is rather anxious about being there.
Now an eight-year-old has been dragged into adult drama. Through no fault of her own. A rather adult decision has been thrust upon her. Like should she leave now with her father and miss Santa or stay and know he is not having a good time.
A rather unique look at father-daughter relationships. In 18 minutes St. Pierre also combos that with a coming-of-age story. While there is not a ton of dialogue here it is a rather dense film. Plenty going on under the surface or in the human brain/psyche.