Happy Christmas

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Happy Christmas

Joe Swanberg
USA, 2013
Fiction, 82min, OF

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Happy Christmas

Joe Swanberg
USA, 2013
Fiction, 82min, OF

Cast: 
Anna Kendrick
Jenny
Melanie Lynskey
Kelly
Joe Swanberg
Jeff
Mark Webber
Kevin
Lena Dunham
Carson
Jude Swanberg
Jude
Screenplay: 
Joe Swanberg
Sound: 
Drew Weir
Camera: 
Ben Richardson
Editor: 
Joe Swanberg

Production: 
Magnolia Pictures, Tiki Bar Films, Lucky Coffee Productions
World Sales: 
Paramount
Format: 
DCP
Color

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.