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This review is from: All Is Bright (DVD)
Dennis (Paul Giamatti) and Rene (Paul Rudd) are small time guys with small dreams. They travel from Quebec to New York to sell Christmas trees. For Dennis this is a chance for personal redemption after his release from prison for burglary. Rene just wants to earn enough money to buy his girlfriend Therese (Amy Landecker) an engagement ring. Therese also happens to be Dennis' ex-wife so there is an obvious friction between the two business partners. Along the way they meet a sundry assortment of characters including a Russian dental assistant, Olga (Sally Hawkins), who sympathizes with sad sack Dennis. "All Is Bright" is at turns funny and poignant. Giamatti plays Dennis with a degree of sullen pathos and Rudd's Rene is affable. The chemistry between these two underrated veteran actors sparkles. Director Phil Morrison establishes a melancholic mood which is punctuated by a terrific soft jazz score of holiday standards. Some of the reviewers have said this isn't really a Christmas movie but that couldn't be further from the truth. Hallmark doesn't have a trademark on seasonal fare. This offbeat indie sleeper is filmmaking at its finest.