Happy Christmas

Joe Swanberg
USA 2013
82 min

A budding novelist and her film director husband, Kelly and Jeff (Joe Swanberg) and their two-year-old son live a peaceful existence in Chicago. But when Jeff 's irresponsible younger sister, Jenny, comes to live with them after a breakup, things start to change. Jenny begins a rocky relationship with a baby sitter-cum-pot dealer, and she and a friend, Carson, instigate an evolution in Kelly’s life, as her career and her relationship with her husband begin to grow in new directions. But are they welcome ones?
In HAPPY CHRISTMAS, writer/actor/director Joe Swanberg explores both sibling relationships and the choices women face in young families. Using his unique improvisational technique, Swanberg creates a dramatic experience that results in a natural, relatable peek into his characters’ lives, filled with an engaging warmth and the actors’ own natural sense of humor.

  • Anna Kendrick - Jenny
  • Melanie Lynskey - Kelly
  • Joe Swanberg - Jeff
  • Mark Webber - Kevin
  • Lena Dunham - Carson
  • Jude Swanberg - Jude
  • Joe Swanberg
  • Ben Richardson
  • Drew Weir
  • Joe Swanberg
Magnolia Pictures, Tiki Bar Films, Lucky Coffee Productions


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