Chicago European Union Film Festival 2017
Chicago premiere!

A Holy Mess

En underbar jävla jul

2015, Helena Bergström, Sweden, 105 min. With Robert Gustafsson, Maria Lundqvist.

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 24th 2:00pm
  • Sat, Mar 25th 3:45pm

It's Christmas Eve, and young gay couple Oscar and Simon have invited their respective families to their new home for a party at which they plan to spring the long-deferred announcement that they are about to have a baby (thanks to a surrogate impregnated with their combined semen). Actress/director Bergström keeps the farcical complications humming (as well as giving herself a plum role as Simon's extroverted mom, who arrives with a new boy-toy — Muslim, no less, and probably the sanest of the bunch). A HOLY MESS was a huge hit in Sweden, and, like many of the most memorable Christmas films, it delivers a strong dose of despair and bile before it gets to the holiday cheer. Much of that despair and bile centers on Oscar's short-fused father Ulf (Robert Gustafsson of THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED), embodying the exasperation of tradition-bound Swedes awash in the shifting tides of multiculturalism. In Swedish with English subtitles. Courtesy of the Swedish Film Institute. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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