Christmas Oratorio (1996)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama  |  
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Victor reads letters written by his long-estranged father Sidner and learns from the old man's story that love can be a double-edged sword that can destroy as well as heal. This beautifully wrought Swedish drama is based on a sweeping best-selling novel by Goran Tunstrom and looks not only at the different sides of love, but also reflects upon the long-term significance of everyday actions. Sidner's story begins in the 1930s with the tragic death of his father Aron's beloved wife Solveig. Aron is so devastated that he can neither function effectively nor take proper care of the children Sidner and Eva-Lisa. Aron eventually finds salvation and solace through a ham radio friendship with Fanny, a woman in New Zealand. Years pass and Sidner becomes a teen. He falls in love with the much older Fanny, and Victor is the result of their union.



Christmas, death, estrangement, father, friendship, holiday, letter, love, mother