Have you ever taken a moment to think of the seasonal workers who make Christmas, Christmas? Charles Poekel’s “Christmas, Again” serves as a study on the subject, as it follows Christmas tree salesman Noel (Kentucker Audley) through the weeks leading up to Christmas.
The ennui-infused title (you can practically hear the accompanying sigh and gloomy inflection) says it all: “Christmas, Again” isn’t exactly your standard Yuletide cheer movie. It’s more a meditation on the daily doldrums of an indifferent, sullen and slightly heartbroken Christmas tree salesman. Here, we’re privy to the first-hand experience of writer-director Charles Poekel, who based the film heavily on his own experiences on the job. He spent three seasons selling trees and, according to Variety, refers to the film as “method writing.”
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