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With: Drea de Matteo, Lillo Brancato Jr., Lisa Valens, Ice-T, Victor Argo
Written by: Abel Ferrara, Scott Pardo, based on a story by Cassandra De Jesus
Directed by: Abel Ferrara
MPAA Rating: R for strong language, drug content and some violence.
Running Time: 83
Date: 05/09/2001

'R Xmas (2001)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Holiday Sin

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Abel Ferrara's dark, woozy Christmas movie never received a theatricalrelease in this country, despite enthusiastic acclaim in Europe. It's one ofFerrara's best films. Drea de Matteo and Lillo Brancato Jr. play a Latin American couple livingin New York and making ends meet by dealing heroin. While she is Christmas shoppingfor the latest, hottest toy for her daughter, her husband is kidnapped, and shemust frantically raise the ransom before it's too late.Thanks to Artisan for fulfilling a Christmas wish with this excellentwidescreen DVD release featuring a typically bizarre Ferrara commentarytrack.

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