Every year, the approach of the holidays brings with it a slew of movies overflowing with tinsel, kisses under the mistletoe, and family fights that get resolved over hot cocoa. The trailer for the upcoming film All Is Bright, however, promises none of those things. Instead, the black comedy seems like the perfect antitode to all of those treacle-y sweet holiday movies – anyone who has ever gotten frustrated around the holidays will find Paul Giamatti sawing apart an inflatable snowman cathartic.
The film, which is director Phil Morrison‘s first since 2006’s Junebug, centers around Dennis (Giamatti), a French Canadian ex-con who leaves prison to discover that his daughter thinks he’s dead and his former partner, Rene (Paul Rudd), is dating his ex-wife. Jobless, homeless, and hopeless, he teams up with Rene once again to sell Christmas trees in New York around the holidays in the hopes of making some fast cash. Although Rudd’s charming loser promises to bring most of the humor to the film, he seems set to be overshadowed by another great performance by Giamatti. However, the real pressure is on Morrison: after eight years, critics and fans will be dying to see how well the film stacks up against Junebug.
All Is Bright will be avilable On Demand on September 20, and in theaters October 4 , well before the egg nog hangover sets in.