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Vimeo Short Film Of The Week: ‘The Last Day of Christmas’

Short films matter. Vimeo wants you to know it. So do we. That’s we’re taking a weekly look at some of some of the short film world’s best and brightest. This week, we bring you the charmingly offbeat holiday flick The Last Day of Christmas.

The Plot: Given an ultimatum, a Christmas-loving man must make a very difficult choice.

The Film:

For some, the holiday season really is the most wonderful time of the year. For others, not so much. Any way you look at it, the season eventually has to come to an end. While that may be good news for some, those holiday lovers often have trouble letting go of the season . The Last Day of Christmas opens on New Years’ Day. For even the most ardent of holiday lovers, that day tends to mark the official end of the season. Not so for the man at the center of the action in The Last Day of Christmas. Much to the chagrin of his girlfriend, he’s desperately trying to hold on to his Christmas tree for at least one more day … and possibly longer. A gauntlet is thrown in the guise of a daring ultimatum, but once the tree is out, The Last Day of Christmas is just getting started.

What follows is a touchingly absurdist tale of holiday cheer run amok. One that finds a man haunted – and stalked by – his will to live his entire life in the Christmas spirit; and one that unfolds with equal parts whimsy, yearning and outright folly. Cleverly scripted and told with a decidedly left-of-center charm, The Last Day of Christmas manages to capture the spirit of those who love the holidays and those who need it to end with equal amounts of heart … even if that heart eventually goes to unexpectedly dark places.

Meet The Crew:

A film by: Paul Bence, Stuart Black, Giulio Gobbetti, Alex Hudd, Linyi Jia, Romain Kedochim, Daniel Lipinski and Nick Mather Starring: Edward De Gaetano and Rebecca Yeo with newcomer Gerald DeTree

Happy Holidays, all! We hope you enjoy The Last Day of Christmas! The film was made by Sodavisual, a collective of, “artists, photographer and over lovely people.” See the names in the credits if you want to know who some of those people are.  They’ve certainly found a different take on the tricky post-holiday cultural landscape with The Last Day of Christmas, and much of their output is just as clever. If you’re interested in what the Sodavisual team is up to, you should check out some of their other projects on the Sodavisual Vimeo page.

And if f you’re interested in exploring more offbeat holiday cinema, you should definitely check this Criterion Collection approved video essay from Michael Koresky and Casey Moore. Enjoy!

 

 

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Patrick Phillips is a Staff Writer for CutPrintFilm, looper.com and geekinsider.com. He reads a lot, drinks too much coffee, buys too many records and loves writing about movies. Find him on Twitter at @savagedetectiv. Follow his movie tastes right here - https://www.taste.io/users/patphiltaste/ratings.

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