A Holy Mess
En underbar jävla jul

DIRECTOR: Helena Bergström

Both 27 years old, Oscar and Simon have been together for several years and desperately want a baby, so they’ve gotten their close friend Cissi to agree to be their surrogate mother. Together, the three friends decide to become a modern Swedish family, going in on a “fixer-upper” in need of some major repairs. But nine months into their pregnancy, they’re all still wondering who the father is—Simon or Oscar? This coincides with the guys inviting both sets of their slightly homophobic parents (who have also never met each other) for Christmas, so they can share the happy news that they’re about to be grandparents. To add to the mix, a few unexpected guests crash the party. Alcohol flows freely, tensions simmer, secrets float to the surface, and all holiday hell breaks loose.

Directed and co-written by acclaimed Swedish actress Helena Bergström, A Holy Mess has plenty of sharp, laugh-out-loud comedic dialogue. The strong ensemble cast includes standout performances by Robert Gustafsson and Maria Lundqvist as Oscar’s parents. Examining themes of tolerance, political correctness, parental responsibility, and what it really means to be a family, the film affectionately conveys the complexity of the human condition. As the soundtrack overflows with evocative holiday music including songs by The Jackson 5 and Smokey Robinson, innocent idealism is woven into an elaborate narrative mix that, in the end, achieves a deliciously infectious and heartfelt authenticity.

— Tim Sika

In Swedish with English subtitles.

AT&T Audience Award Text Voting Code: F117

Co-presented by:
Our Family Coalition

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