Door 3 of The Third Annual James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films and what do we find. Why it’s 2015’s Tangerine.
A movie shot entirely on iPhones, starring a largely unknown cast and focusing on a day in the somewhat unorthodox lives of two transgender sex-workers was not exactly top of my list of ‘must-see’ movies and were it not for the Christmas Eve backdrop I’m not sure I would ever have got around to seeing this.
I’m really glad I did though.
As much as it is, at times, a little bleak, there are some genuinely heart-warming moments.
It’s also very funny.
Score for Christmasishness
It’s set on Christmas Eve though there is little in the way of festive cheer on display. But Christmas is frequently referenced throughout and though it isn’t central to the narrative, it does add something to the overall effectiveness of the film. It’s worth a watch any time of year, but it is Christmas(ish) enough to merit a December viewing. Plus tangerines are supposed to be a bit Christmassy aren’t they?