Offered exclusively on CANAL + this December 17 at 9 p.m., “A Boy Named Christmas” by Gil Kenan is a fairy tale for young and old, carried by an explosive cast.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT ?
In 18th-century Finland, an ordinary boy, Nikolas (nicknamed “Christmas” since he was a child) goes in search of his father, who himself is in search of the legendary Elven village. These can help bring magic back to the world. Accompanied on his way by Blitzen, the stubborn reindeer and a faithful little mouse, Nikolas goes to meet his destiny, in the wonderful snowy landscapes of the Far North. A great adventure combining magic, humor and Christmas values that reminds young and old alike that nothing is impossible …
A Boy Named Christmas, Written by Gil Kenan and Ol Parker, Directed by Gil kenan.
Aired on December 17, 2021 at 9:00 p.m. on CANAL +
A BEAUTIFUL MOMENT OF ESCAPE
A few days before the holidays, what better than a fairy tale and inventive to forget the gloomy and somewhat anxiety-provoking context? This adaptation of the eponymous novel by Matt Haig transports viewers to a fantasy world where young Nikolas is about to embark on a life-changing adventure. The feature film, beautiful and harmless, is part of the tradition of the great Christmas films with its share of breathtaking sets and special effects.
At the helm of this family story, we find the screenwriter and director Gil kenan, best known for the animated film Monster House and another adaptation, The City of Shadows. He is notably the one who co-wrote the new Ghostbusters, currently in theaters. He chooses the young Henry Lawfull, of whom it is the very first role in the cinema, to play this hero who will become Santa Claus much later. Convincing, the actor is surrounded by unusual playing partners, such as a mouse named Miika – voiced by Stephen Merchant – and a reindeer, Blitzen.
Adults will have the pleasure of discovering a prestigious cast, composed of Maggie Smith (Dowtown abbey), Kristen Wiig (My best friends), Toby Jones (The mole), Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Michiel Huisman (Game Of Thrones) and Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) in the skin of the witch of the village of the Elves. Solid, tender and spectacular adaptation, A boy named Christmas establishes itself as the ideal film for the holidays.